taper off

verb
tapered off; tapering off; tapers off

Definition of taper 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 field started to professionalize, Klári’s coding work started to taper off. Katie Hafner, Scientific American, 21 Apr. 2022 In the valleys, rain will taper off to showers overnight and into early Tuesday. oregonlive, 18 Apr. 2022 Meteorologists said the snowfall will taper off by tonight, most likely around 7-8 p.m. Rachel Fradette, The Indianapolis Star, 4 Feb. 2022 The rain will taper off in the evening and temperatures will drop into the mid 20s with increasing northwest winds at 20-plus mph. Washington Post, 8 Jan. 2022 As the season flowed into August and September, rainfall started to taper off, with a few exceptions. Lindsey Botts, The Arizona Republic, 28 Sep. 2021 Those showers should begin to taper off by the afternoon as a somewhat more stable air mass spreads into the region. oregonlive, 20 Apr. 2022 Expect about 3 to 6 inches on the ground by the late afternoon (after 3 p.m.), when the snow should begin to taper off. Washington Post, 2 Jan. 2022 Lingering showers from Monday’s system should taper off in Los Angeles County after midnight, the weather service said. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 28 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

9 May 2022

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“Taper off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taper%20off. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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