a bit, a little, slightly, somewhat

His fine dark hair was receding a little.

gradually, slowly

The pain was gradually receding.

fast, quickly, rapidly

The January flood waters receded as fast as they had risen.


The water receded back to its mysterious depths.


These worries now receded from his mind.

recede into the background, recede into the distance

His footsteps receded into the distance.

Recede is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑footstep, ↑pain, ↑sea, ↑tide, ↑water

Collocations dictionary. 2013.


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