|Origin:||recedere, from cedere 'to go'|
if something you can see or hear recedes, it gets further and further away until it disappears
footsteps receding into the distance
if a memory, feeling, or possibility recedes, it gradually goes away:
The pain in his head gradually receded.
if water recedes, it moves back from an area that it was covering:
The flood waters finally began to recede in November.
if your hair recedes, you gradually lose the hair at the front of your head:
He was in his mid-forties, with a receding hairline.
a chin that slopes backwards