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The fact or action of moving away or back, especially:
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  1. The fact or action of moving away or back, especially:
  2. The erosion of a cliff or headland from a given point, as from the action of a waterfall.
  3. The period of economic decline from the peak to the trough of the business cycle, characterized by decreasing aggregate output and often by rising unemployment.
A downward movement or fall, as in price.
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  1. A downward movement or fall, as in price.
  2. A period of decline
  3. The process or result of declining, especially a deterioration of health:
The act or process of shrinking; contraction in size, as of a fabric in washing
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  1. The act or process of shrinking; contraction in size, as of a fabric in washing
  2. The total loss in weight of livestock from the time of shipment to the final processing as meat
  3. The amount of such shrinking, decrease, etc.
A gradual decrease in power, importance, intensity, etc., esp. after a gradual climb to a peak
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  1. A gradual decrease in power, importance, intensity, etc., esp. after a gradual climb to a peak
  2. The gradual decrease in the visible face of the moon after it has become full
  3. The period of the decrease of the moon's illuminated visible surface.
A gradual loss, decrease, or destruction by use, wear, decay, deterioration, etc.
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  1. A gradual loss, decrease, or destruction by use, wear, decay, deterioration, etc.
  2. An unusable or unwanted substance or material, such as a waste product.
  3. The act or an instance of wasting or the condition of being wasted:
(Medicine) Backflow, as of gastric acid into the esophagus.
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  1. (Medicine) Backflow, as of gastric acid into the esophagus.
  2. A flowing back; ebb; specif., regurgitation of food or gastric acid from the stomach to the esophagus
  3. (Chemistry) The process of refluxing.
A reducing or being reduced
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  1. A reducing or being reduced
  2. The result of reducing:
  3. (Chemistry) A decrease in positive valence or an increase in negative valence by the gaining of electrons.
A growing lesser; reduction or decrease.
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The outgoing or falling tide
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  1. The outgoing or falling tide
  2. The period between high tide and low tide during which water flows away from the shore.
(Music) Variation of a theme by shortening, usually halving, the time value of the notes
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  1. (Music) Variation of a theme by shortening, usually halving, the time value of the notes
  2. A diminishing or being diminished; lessening; decrease
  3. The resulting reduction; decrease.
Reduction in amount, degree, or intensity; diminution.
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  1. Reduction in amount, degree, or intensity; diminution.
  2. The act of abating, or the state of being abated; a lessening, diminution, or reduction; a moderation; removal or putting an end to; the suppression of. [First attested from 1340 to 1470.]
  3. A lessening or reduction
(Medicine) Subsidence of the symptoms or process of a disease.
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  1. (Medicine) Subsidence of the symptoms or process of a disease.
  2. (Psychotherapy) A psychotherapeutic method whereby healing is facilitated by inducing the patient to act out behaviour typical of an earlier developmental stage.
  3. The return of a population to an earlier or less complex physical type in successive generations.
The act or process of withdrawing, as:
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  1. The act or process of withdrawing, as:
  2. The act or process of giving up the use of a narcotic drug to which one has become addicted, typically accompanied by distressing physiological and mental effects (withdrawal symptoms)
  3. Discontinuation of the use of an addictive substance. The symptoms of withdrawal include headache, diarrhea, and tremors and can range from mild to life threatening, depending on the extent of the body's reliance on the addictive substance.
The act or process of decreasing.
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  1. The act or process of decreasing.
  2. Amount of decreasing
  3. A decreasing; lessening; diminution
A decrease or loss in value, as because of age, wear, or market conditions.
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  1. A decrease or loss in value, as because of age, wear, or market conditions.
  2. (Accounting) The measurement of the decline in value of assets. Not to be confused with impairment, which is the measurement of the unplanned, extraordinary decline in value of assets.
  3. A decline in the value of an asset over time, due to its increasing obsolescence or the wear and tear due to its use; a deduction on an income tax return of part of the asset’s cost, transforming its declining value into a benefit for the taxpayer. A decline in the value of an asset over time, due to its increasing obsolescence or the wear and tear due to its use; a deduction on an income tax return of part of the asset’s cost, transforming its declining value into a benefit for the taxpayer.
The destruction or decomposition of organic matter as a result of bacterial or fungal action; rot.
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  1. The destruction or decomposition of organic matter as a result of bacterial or fungal action; rot.
  2. (Aerospace) The decrease in orbital altitude of an artificial satellite as a result of conditions such as atmospheric drag.
  3. A gradual decline; deterioration
To go or move back from a former position
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  1. To go or move back from a former position
  2. To yield or grant to one formerly in possession; cede (something) back.
  3. To become less; diminish
To become less intense, active, or severe; abate.
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  1. To become less intense, active, or severe; abate.
  2. To sink or fall to the bottom; settle, as sediment
  3. To tend downward; to become lower; to descend; to sink.
To reduce in amount, degree, or intensity; lessen:
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  1. To reduce in amount, degree, or intensity; lessen:
  2. To become less in amount, degree, force, etc.; diminish
  3. To fall off in degree or intensity; subside:
Applying to drafts, to redeem by paying out a sum of money; to withdraw from the market by buying back; a voluntary leaving of public office, or other form of employment; a leaving the courtroom by the jury to consider the case, or by the judge to her chambers. Applying to drafts, to redeem by paying out a sum of money; to withdraw from the market by buying back; a voluntary leaving of public office, or other form of employment; a leaving the courtroom by the jury to consider the case, or by the judge to her chambers.
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  1. Applying to drafts, to redeem by paying out a sum of money; to withdraw from the market by buying back; a voluntary leaving of public office, or other form of employment; a leaving the courtroom by the jury to consider the case, or by the judge to her chambers. Applying to drafts, to redeem by paying out a sum of money; to withdraw from the market by buying back; a voluntary leaving of public office, or other form of employment; a leaving the courtroom by the jury to consider the case, or by the judge to her chambers.
  2. To give ground, as in battle; retreat; withdraw
  3. To withdraw from one's occupation or position, especially upon reaching a certain age; stop working.
To fall or drop to a lower level, especially to go down slowly or in stages:
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  1. To fall or drop to a lower level, especially to go down slowly or in stages:
  2. To diminish or decrease in degree, volume, or strength; subside, as wind, flames, a sound, spirits, etc.
  3. To cause to descend beneath the surface or to the bottom of a liquid:
To draw to a gradual close:
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  1. To draw to a gradual close:
  2. To cause to bend or slope downward or aside
  3. To degrade or lower oneself; stoop:
To become or cause to become less or smaller, as in number, amount, or intensity.
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  1. To become or cause to become less or smaller, as in number, amount, or intensity.
To disappear or cause to disappear gradually
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  1. To disappear or cause to disappear gradually
  2. To become softened in feeling:
  3. To change from a solid to a liquid state by heating or being heated with sufficient energy at the melting point.
To get worse
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  1. To get worse
  2. (Intransitive) To cease to support a person or cause.
  3. To diminish in intenity
To decline in power, importance, prosperity, influence, etc.
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  1. To decline in power, importance, prosperity, influence, etc.
  2. To decrease gradually in size, number, strength, or intensity:
  3. To become less intense, bright, strong, etc.; grow dim or faint, as a light
To become downcast or pine away in longing:
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  1. To become downcast or pine away in longing:
  2. To live under distressing conditions; continue in a state of suffering
  3. To be or become weak or feeble; lose strength or vigor:
(Intransitive) To diminish in size, value etc.
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  1. (Intransitive) To diminish in size, value etc.
  2. (Intransitive) To become detached or to drop from.
  3. (Nautical) To change the direction of the sail so as to point in a direction that is more down wind; to bring the bow leeward.
(Physics) To disintegrate in a process of radioactive decay or particle decay.
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  1. (Physics) To disintegrate in a process of radioactive decay or particle decay.
  2. To fall into ruin:
  3. To undergo decay.
To cause to dwindle:
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  1. To cause to dwindle:
  2. To become gradually less until little remains.
  3. (Intransitive) To decrease, shrink, diminish, reduce in size.
(Law) The act of reducing something, such as a tax, for some period of time or of eliminating something, such as a nuisance, permanently.
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  1. (Law) The act of reducing something, such as a tax, for some period of time or of eliminating something, such as a nuisance, permanently.
  2. The amount abated; that which is taken away by way of reduction; deduction; decrease; a rebate or discount allowed; in particular from a tax. [Late 15th century.]
  3. The act of abating, or the state of being abated; a lessening, diminution, or reduction; a moderation; removal or putting an end to; the suppression of. [First attested from 1340 to 1470.]
A slackening or lessening, as of effort
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  1. A slackening or lessening, as of effort
  2. A temporary stop; a pause.
  3. A reduction in pace, force, or intensity; a slowdown.
The period during which the symptoms of a disease abate or subside.
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  1. The period during which the symptoms of a disease abate or subside.
  2. Forgiveness or pardon, as of sins or crimes
  3. Forgiveness; pardon.
The gradual decrease in the visible face of the moon after it has become full
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  1. The gradual decrease in the visible face of the moon after it has become full
  2. The period of the decrease of the moon's illuminated visible surface.
  3. The act or process of gradually declining or diminishing.
(Law) To become void.
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  1. (Law) To become void.
  2. To become less in amount, degree, force, etc.; diminish
  3. To reduce in amount, degree, or intensity; lessen:
To become or cause to become less or smaller, as in number, amount, or intensity.
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  1. To become or cause to become less or smaller, as in number, amount, or intensity.
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  1. (Music) To reduce a perfect or minor interval by a semitone.
  2. (Archit.) To cause to taper
  3. (Intransitive) To become smaller.
To become empty by the drawing off of liquid:
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  1. To become empty by the drawing off of liquid:
  2. To cause (a resource or supply of something) to be used up gradually and often completely.
  3. To receive the waters of
(Intransitive, figuratively) To fall away in quality; degenerate, sink.
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  1. (Intransitive, figuratively) To fall away in quality; degenerate, sink.
  2. To cause to dwindle:
  3. (Intransitive) To decrease, shrink, diminish, reduce in size.
To make less; to diminish; to reduce.
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  1. To make less; to diminish; to reduce.
  2. To become less; decrease:
  3. (Archaic) To belittle; minimize; disparage
(Intransitive, of something intense) to lessen
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  1. (Intransitive, of something intense) to lessen
The chief of the 12 Apostles. He is traditionally regarded as the first bishop of Rome and author of two epistles in the New Testament.
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  1. The chief of the 12 Apostles. He is traditionally regarded as the first bishop of Rome and author of two epistles in the New Testament.
  2. To diminish slowly and come to an end. Often used with out :
  3. (Informal) To become gradually smaller, weaker, etc. and then cease or disappear
To beat to obtuseness; to deprive of keenness; to blunt; to turn back the point of, as a lance used for exercise.
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  1. To beat to obtuseness; to deprive of keenness; to blunt; to turn back the point of, as a lance used for exercise.
  2. To lessen; diminish.
  3. (Rare) To reduce; lessen
(Cooking) To boil (a liquid) in order to decrease the volume and concentrate the flavors
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  1. (Cooking) To boil (a liquid) in order to decrease the volume and concentrate the flavors
  2. To bring to a specified undesirable state, as of weakness or helplessness:
  3. To bring into a certain order; systematize
(Intransitive) To gradually subside or diminish; to tail off.
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  1. (Intransitive) To gradually subside or diminish; to tail off.
To become gradually narrower or thinner toward one end.
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  1. To become gradually narrower or thinner toward one end.
  2. To diminish or lessen gradually. Often used with off :
  3. To lessen; diminish
To yield or grant to one formerly in possession; cede (something) back.
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  1. To yield or grant to one formerly in possession; cede (something) back.
  2. To slope away from a point of reference:
  3. To go or move back from a former position
To withdraw or disavow (a statement, promise, offer, charge, etc.); recant
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  1. To withdraw or disavow (a statement, promise, offer, charge, etc.); recant
  2. To take back; disavow:
  3. To draw back:
To move back from a position of advancement or become smaller:
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  1. To move back from a position of advancement or become smaller:
  2. To move backward or away; withdraw or retire:
  3. To change or undergo change in one's thinking or in a position:
To cede or give back (a territory, for example); return.
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  1. To cede or give back (a territory, for example); return.
To become worse; decline; deteriorate; degenerate
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  1. To become worse; decline; deteriorate; degenerate
  2. Having a rotational or orbital movement that is opposite to the movement of most bodies within a celestial system. In the solar system, retrograde bodies are those that rotate or orbit in a clockwise direction (east to west) when viewed from a vantage point above the Earth's north pole. Venus, Uranus, and Pluto have retrograde rotational movements. No planets in the solar system have retrograde orbital movements, but four of Jupiter's moons exhibit such movement.
  3. Having a brief, regularly occurring, apparently backward movement in the sky as viewed from Earth against the background of fixed stars. Retrograde movement of the planets is caused by the differing orbital velocities of Earth and the body observed. For example, the outer planets normally appear to drift gradually eastward in the sky in relation to the fixed stars; that is, they appear night after night to fall a little farther behind the neighboring stars in their westward passage across the sky. However, at certain times a particular planet appears briefly to speed up and move westward a bit more quickly than the neighboring stars. This happens as Earth, in its faster inner orbit, overtakes and passes the planet in its slower outer orbit; the appearance of moving counter to its usual eastward drift is thus simply the result of perspective as seen from Earth.
To go or move backward.
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  1. To go or move backward.
  2. To move backward, esp. into an earlier, less complex, or worse condition; decline; degenerate
To become reduced for a period of time.
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  1. To become reduced for a period of time.
  2. To become less in amount, degree, force, etc.; diminish
  3. To fall off in degree or intensity; subside:
To lessen the force or intensity of; moderate:
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  1. To lessen the force or intensity of; moderate:
  2. (Nonstandard) simple past tense of beat; = beat.
  3. (Sometimes figuratively) To cut off, remove, take away.
To a lower volume of sound
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  1. To a lower volume of sound
  2. To go or come down; descend.
  3. Into a low or prostrate physical condition
So as to be completely removed, finished, or eliminated:
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  1. So as to be completely removed, finished, or eliminated:
  2. Away from one's work or usual activity
  3. So as to be no longer in operation, function, continuance, etc.
To move or maneuver slowly and carefully:
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  1. To move or maneuver slowly and carefully:
  2. To lessen, as in discomfort, pressure, or stress:
  3. To move or proceed with little effort:
(--- Theology) To lose primordial innocence and happiness. Used of humanity as a result of the Fall.
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  1. (--- Theology) To lose primordial innocence and happiness. Used of humanity as a result of the Fall.
  2. To pass into a particular state, condition, or situation:
  3. To come forth as if by falling; issue:
(Intransitive) To diminish in size, value etc.
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  1. (Intransitive) To diminish in size, value etc.
  2. (Nautical) To change the direction of the sail so as to point in a direction that is more down wind; to bring the bow leeward.
  3. (Intransitive) To become detached or to drop from.
To slip or fall; esp., to slip into a specified state
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  1. To slip or fall; esp., to slip into a specified state
  2. To fall from a previous level or standard, as of accomplishment, quality, or conduct:
  3. To slip or deviate from a higher standard or fall into (former) erroneous ways; backslide
(Intransitive, of something intense) to lessen
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  1. (Intransitive, of something intense) to lessen
To serve as a moderator
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  1. To serve as a moderator
  2. To cause to be less extreme, intense, or violent.
  3. To become moderate
To allow to slacken:
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  1. To allow to slacken:
  2. To send (money) in payment
  3. To become more moderate in force or intensity
To reduce the intensity or severity of; retard; abate; moderate
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  1. To reduce the intensity or severity of; retard; abate; moderate
  2. To become less tense; loosen, as rope
  3. (Intransitive) To gradually decrease in intensity or tautness; to become slack.
To be unproductive; to not perform one's duties.
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  1. To be unproductive; to not perform one's duties.
To tend downward; to become lower; to descend; to sink.
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  1. To tend downward; to become lower; to descend; to sink.
  2. To sit down slowly; settle down:
  3. To sink or fall to the bottom; to settle, as lees.
To decline in power, importance, prosperity, influence, etc.
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  1. To decline in power, importance, prosperity, influence, etc.
  2. To decrease gradually in size, number, strength, or intensity:
  3. To become less intense, bright, strong, etc.; grow dim or faint, as a light
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