Pronunciation: (ri-sēd'),[key] —v.i.,-ced•ed, -ced•ing. 1. to go or move away; retreat; go to or toward a more distant point; withdraw.
2. to become more distant.
3. (of a color, form, etc., on a flat surface) to move away or be perceived as moving away from an observer, esp. as giving the illusion of space. Cf. advance (def. 15).
4. to slope backward: a chin that recedes. 5. to draw back or withdraw from a conclusion, viewpoint, undertaking, promise, etc.
Pronunciation: (rē-sēd'),[key] —v.t.,-ced•ed, -ced•ing. to cede back; yield or grant to a former possessor.