Synonyms of ebb
1 flow back • We hopped from rock to rock as the tide ebbed from the causeway.
withdraw • Troops withdrew from the country last March.
retreat • They were forced to retreat.
fall back • The congregation fell back from them as they entered.
wane • His interest in her began to wane.
recede • The illness began to recede.
2 declineDictionary • There were occasions when my enthusiasm ebbed.
decline • a declining birth rate
drop • Temperatures can drop to freezing at night.
sink • He's still alive, but sinking fast.
flag • His enthusiasm was in no way flagging.
weaken • Family structures are weakening and breaking up.
shrink • The vast forests have shrunk.
diminish • The threat of war has diminished.
decrease • Population growth is decreasing each year.
deteriorate • X-rays are used to prevent fresh food from deteriorating.
decay • The work ethic in this country has decayed over the past 30 years.
dwindle • The factory's workforce has dwindled.
lessen • The attention she gives him will certainly lessen once the baby is born.
subside • The pain had subsided during the night.
degenerate • He degenerated into drug and alcohol abuse.
fall away • Demand began to fall away.
abate • The storms soon abated.
peter out • The strike seemed to be petering out.
slacken • Inflationary pressures continued to slacken last month.
1 flowing back • We decided to leave on the ebb at six o'clock next morning.
2 declineDictionary • the ebb of her creative powers
decline • Rome's decline in the fifth century.
drop • He was prepared to take a drop in wages.
decrease • There has been a decrease in the number of young unemployed people.
decay • problems of urban decay and gang violence
lessening • a lessening of tension on the border
deterioration • the rapid deterioration in relations between the two countries
degeneration • the degeneration of our political system
diminution • a slight diminution in asset value
IDIOM:▷ at a low ebb
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abateIf something bad or undesirable abates, it becomes much less strong or severe.
• The storms soon abated.
• The work ethic in this country has decayed over the past 30 years.
decayDecay is also a noun.
• problems of urban decay and gang violence
Thesaurus for ebb from the Collins English Thesaurus
(of tide water) to flow back or recede
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