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

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
Many observers point out the final deal did not include commitments to phase down or reduce the use of fossil fuels. Adjoa Adjei-twum, CNN, 24 Nov. 2022 Countries that produce oil and gas, including Canada and Saudi Arabia, instead emphasized technologies to clean up rather than phase down such fuels, according to the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, 21 Nov. 2022 The agreement includes a veiled reference to the benefits of natural gas as low emission energy, despite many nations calling for a phase down of natural gas, which does contribute to climate change. Seth Borenstein, BostonGlobe.com, 20 Nov. 2022 The statement didn’t include a commitment to broaden the pledge to phase down unabated coal emissions to cover all fossil fuels, and there was no reference to global greenhouse gas emissions peaking by 2025. Time, 20 Nov. 2022 Governments agreed to phase down coal burning that didn’t also capture the carbon-dioxide emissions for storage. Matthew Dalton, WSJ, 4 Nov. 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 28 Nov. 2022.

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