Pronunciation: (sub-sīd'), [key]
—v.i., -sid•ed, -sid•ing.
1. to sink to a low or lower level.
2. to become quiet, less active, or less violent; abate: The laughter subsided.
3. to sink or fall to the bottom; settle; precipitate: to cause coffee grounds to subside.
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