taper 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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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 Global deal volumes tapered off in the third quarter, but the overall deal-making environment still appears robust. Aaron Back, WSJ, "Bulge Bracket Bargains at Goldman and Morgan Stanley," 16 Oct. 2018 In my case, the nightmares started tapering off when my daughter was about eight weeks old and disappeared entirely a few weeks later. Merritt Watts, Glamour, "New Mom Nightmares: The Common Postpartum Symptom Nobody Talks About," 13 Sep. 2018 Swells generated by Hurricane Fabio that had pounded south-facing beaches with 6- to 8-foot waves in Huntington, Newport and Laguna beginning Wednesday had tapered off by Thursday night, according to lifeguards. Hannah Fry, latimes.com, "Newport heat record falls as blistering temperatures send locals to beaches," 7 July 2018 After six days of morphine, the baby had nearly been tapered off the drug and was set to be released in a few more days. Jennifer Egan, New York Times, "Children of the Opioid Epidemic," 9 May 2018

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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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