phasedown

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noun

phase·​down ˈfāz-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce phasedown (audio)
: a gradual reduction (as in operations or size) : a slowing down by phases

phase down

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verb

phased down; phasing down; phases down

transitive verb

: to reduce the size or amount of by phases
phase down the program

intransitive verb

: to undergo reduction by phases

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Example Sentences

Verb tourism along the coast phases down after Labor Day
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Partly to keep peace with the military establishment and win its support for a phasedown of troops after the surge, Obama largely accepted the recommendation to send tens of thousands of troops to Afghanistan. David Axelrod, CNN, 18 Oct. 2021 Once fully implemented, scientists have said such an HFC phasedown would avoid 0.5 degrees Celsius of warming. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, 3 May 2021 Over the next 15 years, the HFC phasedown would reduce 900 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, more than the total annual emissions of Germany, Rhodium says. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, 22 Dec. 2020 Wetstone, like many other clean energy advocates, is calling on Congress to temporarily allow clean energy companies to redeem tax credits as cash payments and to put off the phasedown of renewable energy tax credits. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, 16 June 2020
Verb
After two weeks of talks in Glasgow, diplomats from almost 200 countries reached an agreement to ramp up their carbon-cutting commitments, phase down fossil fuels and increase aid to poor countries on the front lines of climate change. Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2022 After two weeks of talks in Glasgow, diplomats from almost 200 countries reached an agreement to ramp up their carbon-cutting commitments, phase down fossil fuels and increase aid to poor countries on the front lines of climate change. Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2022 After two weeks of talks in Glasgow, diplomats from almost 200 countries reached an agreement to ramp up their carbon-cutting commitments, phase down fossil fuels and increase aid to poor countries on the front lines of climate change. Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2022 After two weeks of talks in Glasgow, diplomats from almost 200 countries reached an agreement to ramp up their carbon-cutting commitments, phase down fossil fuels and increase aid to poor countries on the front lines of climate change. Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2022 After two weeks of talks in Glasgow, diplomats from almost 200 countries reached an agreement to ramp up their carbon-cutting commitments, phase down fossil fuels and increase aid to poor countries on the front lines of climate change. Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2022 After two weeks of talks in Glasgow, diplomats from almost 200 countries reached an agreement to ramp up their carbon-cutting commitments, phase down fossil fuels and increase aid to poor countries on the front lines of climate change. Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2022 After two weeks of talks in Glasgow, diplomats from almost 200 countries reached an agreement to ramp up their carbon-cutting commitments, phase down fossil fuels and increase aid to poor countries on the front lines of climate change. Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2022 After two weeks of talks in Glasgow, diplomats from almost 200 countries reached an agreement to ramp up their carbon-cutting commitments, phase down fossil fuels and increase aid to poor countries on the front lines of climate change. Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1958, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1970, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of phasedown was in 1958

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“Phasedown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phasedown. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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