What does the word recede mean?

Usage examples for recede

  1. The brief encouragement afforded by Ojeda's report soon died away, and the actual discomforts of life in Isabella were more important than visionary luxuries that seemed to recede into the distance with the vanishing ships. – Christopher Columbus, Complete by Filson Young
  2. In effect, he said peremptorily that her Majesty willed it and would not recede from her resolution. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley