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subside

verb [I] uk   /səbˈsaɪd/ us  

subside verb [I] (LESS STRONG)

If a condition subsides, it becomes less strong or extreme: The police are hoping that the violence will soon subside. As the pain in my foot subsided, I was able to walk the short distance to the car.

subside verb [I] (LOWER LEVEL)

If a building, land, or water subsides, it goes down to a lower level: There is a danger that many homes will subside because of the drought. Eventually the flood waters began to subside.
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