Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Comprehensive
Dictionary Suite
Help
Help
Help
 
       

ebb

 
 
pronunciation:
eb
parts of speech:
noun, intransitive verb
features:
Word Combinations (noun, verb), Word Explorer
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the retreating or flowing back of a tidal flow from the land to the sea; ebb tide.
Many shells were exposed on the beach by the ebb of the tide.
synonyms:
ebb tide, low tide, low water
antonyms:
flood, flow
similar words:
outflow
definition 2: the act or condition of decline or regression, as from a high state to a low one.
Her illness brought about a slow ebb of her strength.He needed to borrow more money as his fortunes were at a low ebb.
synonyms:
deterioration, fall-off, recession
antonyms:
growth
similar words:
decay, decline, degeneration, low tide, regression
Word CombinationsSubscriber feature About this feature
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: ebbs, ebbing, ebbed
definition 1: of a tide, to flow away from land; recede.
The tide ebbed under the setting sun.
synonyms:
recede, retrocede
antonyms:
flood, flow
similar words:
go out, retreat, sink, withdraw
definition 2: to weaken, decline, or decay.
Over time, his interest in the subject gradually ebbed.Many more lost their jobs as the economy continued to ebb.
synonyms:
decline, die out, diminish, dwindle, weaken
antonyms:
grow, intensify
similar words:
decay, decompose, decrease, fade, fall, shrink, shrivel, sink, subside, wane
Word CombinationsSubscriber feature About this feature
Word Explorer
See
  ocean