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
Recent Examples on the Web But the snow has tapered off, and there isn’t anymore in the weekend forecast, Vuotto said. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage breaks snow record for New Year’s Day following the warmest Dec. 31," 2 Jan. 2020 The National Weather Service predicts occasional light rain Wednesday morning, which will taper off as the day goes on. oregonlive, "Portland metro Wednesday weather: light rain and fog on Christmas day," 25 Dec. 2019 But the positive effect of the mask tapered off considerably after that first deliciously restorative night. Neil Steinberg, Quartz, "One billion people worldwide stop breathing while they sleep," 15 Dec. 2019 If skinny white jeans aren't your style, try opting for a pair of tapered off-white jeans, like these Ulla Johnson Storm Tie Waist Tapered Jeans. Kami Phillips, CNN Underscored, "10 white styles you should totally wear after Labor Day," 29 Aug. 2019 The group identified a bump in racist incidents after the 2016 election but expected the numbers to taper off. BostonGlobe.com, "Immigrant students learn hard lessons about racism at a historically white high school in Maine," 14 Aug. 2019 Snow will taper off by midday Wednesday, with winds in the Midwest dying down by the evening hours, AccuWeather reported. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Travel is 'going to be chaotic': Winter storm will dump a foot of snow from Rockies to Great Lakes," 26 Nov. 2019 The snow was tapering off Wednesday and flights were getting back to normal, airport spokeswoman Alex Renteria told CNN. David Williams, CNN, "Snow strands 800 travelers overnight at Denver International Airport," 30 Oct. 2019 Joe Tenorio turned Encinal into a power with 57 wins over five seasons starting in 2006, before the Jets tapered off to 15 wins over two seasons. Mitch Stephens, SFChronicle.com, "League test awaits Logan after turnaround," 24 Oct. 2019

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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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17 Jan 2020

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“Taper off.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taper%20off. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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