taper off


tapered off; tapering off; tapers off
: taper
housing starts tapered off in the fall

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 As the night progressed, Yagoda said, water access in his section tapered off and eventually stopped completely. Kaetlyn Liddy, NBC News, 20 Nov. 2023 The rain should begin to taper off by midday Saturday, but a cold front coming through late Saturday will bring another round of rain. Alexandra E. Petri, Los Angeles Times, 17 Nov. 2023 But even the meeting itself could calm jittery nerves back in China, where there have been signs foreign investment is tapering off. Chris Megerian, Fortune, 16 Nov. 2023 Moderate rain could continue into Sunday morning, tapering off by Sunday afternoon. Dan Stillman, Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2023 Remember, consistency is key during each stage of tapering off. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 1 Sep. 2023 Funding for aid appeals increased by an average of ten percent year on year between 2012 and 2018 but then tapered off. Emma Beals and Peter Salisbury, Foreign Affairs, 30 Oct. 2023 The brawling continued for several moments before tapering off. Jeremy Gray | , al, 7 Aug. 2023 Rain will continue elsewhere across New York and New England on Sunday before gradually tapering off Sunday night. Mary Gilbert, CNN, 20 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of taper off was in 1848

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“Taper off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taper%20off. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

taper off

: to stop or lessen gradually

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