Other forms: subsided; subsiding; subsides

To subside is to die down or become less violent, like rough ocean waves after a storm has passed (or your seasickness, if you happened to be sailing on that ocean).

Subside comes from the Latin prefix sub- (meaning "down") and the Latin verb sidere (meaning "to settle"). Subside is often used when a negative situation has improved significantly. For example, violence, disease, and unemployment can all subside. Here's hoping that they do.

Definitions of subside
  1. verb
    wear off or die down
    “The pain subsided
    synonyms: lessen
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    type of:
    become weaker
  2. verb
    sink to a lower level or form a depression
    “the valleys subside
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    type of:
    dip, sink
    appear to move downward
  3. verb
    descend into or as if into some soft substance or place
    “She subsided into the chair”
    synonyms: sink
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    type of:
    come down, descend, fall, go down
    move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way
  4. verb
    sink down or precipitate
    “the mud subsides when the waters become calm”
    synonyms: settle
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    type of:
    go down, go under, settle, sink
    go under, "The raft sank and its occupants drowned"
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