taper off

verb
tapered off; tapering off; tapers off

Definition of taper off

: taper housing starts tapered off in the fall

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Examples of taper off in a Sentence

at this time of the year, light begins to taper off a little earlier each day
Recent Examples on the Web The National Weather Service expects showers to taper off by lunchtime, and then cloudy skies may begin to clear. oregonlive, "Portland metro Friday weather: Morning showers taper by afternoon; high 52," 15 Jan. 2021 Tonight: Showers should quickly taper off in the evening but expect plenty of clouds to greet the New Year. Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: A few showers today, a cold rain Friday and then a warm up Saturday," 31 Dec. 2020 Around midnight, a cold front will move into the area, and the rain will start to taper off. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore weather: Heavy rain forecast for Thursday with flash flood watch; Christmas will be cold," 24 Dec. 2020 The rain will gradually taper off by the afternoon. Dallas News, "Nice Veterans Day weather ahead," 11 Nov. 2020 Gas demand is expected to peak sometime in the next decade or two and then taper off slowly. Rochelle Toplensky, WSJ, "Gas Is Cleaner Than Oil, But Still Has a Transition Problem," 24 Dec. 2020 Instead of forcing a hard end to the unemployment programs, lawmakers also agreed to allow the benefits to slowly taper off through early April, depriving negotiators of a hard deadline to force talks to resume in early spring. Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, "Trump urges relief-bill redo; he criticizes spending items, seeks bigger stimulus checks," 23 Dec. 2020 Instead of forcing a hard end to the unemployment programs, lawmakers also agreed to allow the benefits to slowly taper off through early April, depriving negotiators of a hard deadline to force talks to resume in early spring. New York Times, "Congress Passes Huge Coronavirus Relief Bill," 21 Dec. 2020 Boston got nearly 7 inches of snow as of Thursday morning, and lingering snow showers should taper off later in the day, said Torry Gaucher, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. NBC News, "Winter storm blasts Northeast with 3 feet of snow, leading to 7 deaths," 17 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of taper off

1848, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of taper off was in 1848

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21 Jan 2021

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“Taper off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taper%20off. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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