The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Recede \Re*cede"\ (r[-e]*s[=e]d"), v. i. [imp. & p. p.
Receded; p. pr. & vb. n. Receding.] [L. recedere,
recessum; pref. re- re- + cedere to go, to go along: cf. F.
rec['e]der. See Cede.]
1. To move back; to retreat; to withdraw.
Like the hollow roar
Of tides receding from the insulted shore. --Dryden.
All bodies moved circularly endeavor to recede from
the center. --Bentley.
2. To withdraw a claim or pretension; to desist; to
relinquish what had been proposed or asserted; as, to
recede from a demand or proposition.
Syn: To retire; retreat; return; retrograde; withdraw;