verb (used without object), re·ced·ed, re·ced·ing.
- to go or move away; retreat; go to or toward a more distant point; withdraw.
- to become more distant.
- (of a color, form, etc., on a flat surface) to move away or be perceived as moving away from an observer, especially as giving the illusion of space.Compare advance(def 15).
- to slope backward: a chin that recedes.
- to draw back or withdraw from a conclusion, viewpoint, undertaking, promise, etc.
verb (used with object), re·ced·ed, re·ced·ing.
- to cede back; yield or grant to a former possessor.
- to withdraw from a point or limit; go backthe tide receded
- to become more distanthopes of rescue receded
- to slope backwardsapes have receding foreheads
- (of a man’s hair) to cease to grow at the temples and above the forehead
- (of a man) to start to go bald in this way
- to decline in value or character
- (usually foll by from) to draw back or retreat, as from a promise