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Verb
  1. simple past tense and past participle of ebb
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But the surprise in his eyes soon faded to sadness, and the sadness ebbed away to emptiness.
The flurry of new sites ebbed, and the strongest of these are formulating business plans for future survival.
To extend mercy to Gollum is to recognize that his potential for evil had ebbed, and that a rough justice had already been visited upon him.
Over the next 28 days that hope gradually ebbed away, until their worst fears were confirmed.
Darkness ebbed into the corners of his vision, threatening to render him unconscious.
By the time dawn broke over the notorious stretch of the Lancashire coast any chance of survival had ebbed away for those still out at sea.

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