taper off

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

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Rain will taper off starting Wednesday night, with highs in the lower 50s and dropping to the mid- to low-40s through the weekend. Paige Cornwell, The Seattle Times, "‘Waiting to see how it comes in’: Snow at Washington ski areas melts away with rain," 28 Nov. 2018 The latest report indicates the state economy remains robust despite some fears job growth was tapering off. David Lazarus, latimes.com, "California Inc.: From a galaxy far, far away ... heeere's Han!," 21 May 2018 Southeast Michigan was to see the worst of the snowstorm up until about 10 p.m. Thursday, after which the storm should taper off and clear just after midnight, National Weather Service meteorologist Sara Pampreen said. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Slow commute as 'winter bomb cyclone' strikes metro Detroit," 1 Mar. 2018 For example, in 2016, RSV season started around mid-September to mid-November in various parts of the country, peaked anywhere from late December to mid-February 2017, and tapered off around mid-April to mid-May, according to CDC data. Korin Miller, SELF, "Respiratory Syncytial Virus Is the Flu-Like Illness You Haven't Heard About," 3 Jan. 2019 Enormous sprawl and high elevation puts a premium on roadways snaking from Lima that taper off in the jungle, which covers 60 percent of the country in dense rain forest. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "A bus crash killed 48. What happened at Peru’s other Devil’s Curve might have been worse.," 3 Jan. 2018 The weather service predicts a 50% chance of snow after 2 p.m., tapering off by evening. Milwaukee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Light snow possible for Milwaukee area Saturday," 16 Feb. 2018 The pace of growth is expected to taper off after next year, according to the Congressional Budget Office, the Federal Reserve and outside analysts. Washington Post, "AP FACT CHECK: Were tax cuts really an ‘economic miracle?’," 30 June 2018 In Japan, as elsewhere, smoking is gradually tapering off. Yuri Kageyama, The Seattle Times, "Philip Morris woos puff-happy Japan for post-smoking era," 23 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of taper off

1848, in the meaning defined above

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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