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sunset

noun sun·set \ ˈsən-ˌset \
Updated on: 20 May 2018
1 : the apparent descent of the sun below the horizon; also : the accompanying atmospheric effects
2 : the time when the upper limb of the sun disappears below the horizon as a result of the diurnal rotation of the earth
3 : a period of decline; especially : old age

Examples of sunset in a Sentence

  1. We worked from sunrise to sunset.

  2. the golden light of sunset

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First Known Use of sunset

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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sunset

adjective
: stipulating the periodic review of government agencies and programs in order to continue their existence
  • sunset laws

First Known Use of sunset

1976

in the meaning defined above

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sunset

verb, transitive + intransitive
sunsetted; sunsetting
US
1 T : to cause or allow (something, such as a law) to lapse, end, or be terminated
  • And yet, even though he was part of the coalition, Obama offered an amendment … that would have sunsetted the merit-based evaluation system for immigrants after five years.
  • —Jake Tapper
  • In an effort to cut back on projects, Google decided to sunset Google Reader …
  • —Tristan Louis
2 I : to lapse or come to an end : expire
  • laws that will sunset at the end of the year
  • Since the credit will sunset at the end of 2016, its fate could rest in the hands of a new Congress and a new president—who might not necessarily see the value in reinstating the credit.
  • —Eric S. Peterson

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First Known Use of sunset

1976

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SUNSET Defined for English Language Learners

sunset

  • : the time when the sun goes below the horizon in the evening

  • : the colors that are in the sky when the sun slowly goes below the horizon


SUNSET Defined for Kids

sunset

noun sun·set \ ˈsən-ˌset \
1 : the apparent passing of the sun below the horizon
2 : the light and color of the passing of the sun below the horizon
3 : the time at which the sun sets

Law Dictionary

sunset

adjective sun·set
: having or being a provision stipulating the termination or repeal of something (as a law, grant, or insurance coverage) on a specified date
  • sunset laws requiring periodic review of programs to justify their continuance


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