phaseout

noun
phase·​out | \ ˈfāz-ˌau̇t How to pronounce phaseout (audio) \

Definition of phaseout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a gradual stopping (as in operations or production) : a closing down by phases

phase out

verb
phased out; phasing out; phases out

Definition of phase out (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to discontinue the practice, production, or use of by phases

intransitive verb

: to stop production or operation by phases

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The federal tax credit for solar panels currently covers 30 percent of the total cost, though that incentive begins a multiyear phaseout starting on January 1st, 2020. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Tesla launches a rental plan to help its slumping home solar panel business," 19 Aug. 2019 The announcement comes a few months after Psyonix was purchased by Epic, a company that announced a similar loot box phaseout for Fortnite: Save the World back in January. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "After Epic purchase, Psyonix removes random loot boxes from Rocket League," 7 Aug. 2019 Getting the lead out of gas In 1974, the EPA began a phaseout of lead from gasoline in the U.S., a process that completed in 1995. Brian Clark Howard, National Geographic, "49 environmental victories since the first Earth Day," 22 Apr. 2019 Alternatively, Xcel proposes to spend $2.7 billion for renewable wind and solar systems and the phaseout of the old coal plants. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: One small step for man began with giant leaps of faith of many (7/20/19)," 21 July 2019 Buzyn told Le Parisien newspaper that there would be a phaseout period before 2021. Washington Post, "Uber offers roomier 'comfort rides'," 10 July 2019 The budget funds the third year of a six-year car tax phaseout that will be completed in 2023. Edward Fitzpatrick, BostonGlobe.com, "Raimondo signs the state budget, but isn’t entirely happy about it," 5 July 2019 The approved motion by Highland Mayor Pro Tem Larry McCallon, a Republican who chairs the committee, did not include the option of a phaseout and would be easier for refineries to meet. Tony Barboza, latimes.com, "Air quality committee rejects ban on toxic acid used in South Bay refineries," 22 June 2019 The phaseout of four directors follows a settlement with the Securities and Exchange... Tim Higgins, WSJ, "Tesla to Cut Down on Board Members," 19 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Over the years, the conservative one-piece swimsuits traditionally worn by competitive female swimmers have been phased out in favor of a higher-cut style that has less fabric and is more hydrodynamic, but also more revealing. oregonlive, "‘Wedgies happen’ -- Curvy girl swimmer disqualified after official judges school-issued suit too revealing," 10 Sep. 2019 Over the years, the conservative one-piece swimsuits traditionally worn by competitive female swimmers have been phased out in favor of a higher-cut style that has less fabric and is more hydrodynamic, but also more revealing. Antonia Noori Farzan, courant.com, "A ‘curvy’ high school swimmer won - only to be disqualified because of a ‘suit wedgie’," 10 Sep. 2019 The bulbs would otherwise have been effectively phased out by Jan. 1. The Washington Post, Twin Cities, "Energy Department scraps light bulb standards set during Obama era," 6 Sep. 2019 All of the paper tickets will be phased out by the end of the year. Caille Millner, SFChronicle.com, "No more BART paper, so no more charity?," 5 Sep. 2019 The bulbs would otherwise have been effectively phased out by Jan. 1. Washington Post, "Energy Department to prolong the lives of incandescent lightbulbs," 5 Sep. 2019 Like white clothes, white wine is typically phased out after Labor Day. Rachel King, Fortune, "Seven Ways to Enjoy White (Wine) After Labor Day," 31 Aug. 2019 Under the plan, the city would stop creating any new gifted and talented programs in elementary schools and not steer more students into existing ones; those existing programs would be phased out after current students graduated. New York Times, "The Plan to Scrap New York’s Gifted Programs: 5 Takeaways," 27 Aug. 2019 But those two Target brands will be phased out over time as Good & Gather is rolled out in the next year. Dallas News, "Target launches Good & Gather label to replace Archer Farms, Simply Balanced," 19 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of phaseout

Noun

1951, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1940, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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phaseout

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English Language Learners Definition of phaseout

US : the act of stopping something gradually over a period of time in a planned series of steps or phases

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