taper off

verb

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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Market share is also an indicator of yield, but the gains taper off quickly. Hallie Detrick, Fortune, "The Justice Department Is Going to Let Bayer Buy Monsanto. Here's Why It Matters," 10 Apr. 2018 Sizable surf from Hurricane Fabio that had pounded south-facing beaches with 6- to 8-foot waves in Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and Laguna Beach beginning Wednesday had tapered off by Thursday night, lifeguards said. Ruben Vives, Victoria Kim And Sarah Parvini, Anchorage Daily News, "Southern California sets all-time heat records," 7 July 2018 Sizable surf from Hurricane Fabio that had pounded south-facing beaches with 6- to 8-foot waves in Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and Laguna Beach beginning Wednesday had tapered off by Thursday night, lifeguards said. Hailey Branson-potts, latimes.com, "Homes destroyed by fires and temperature records shattered as heat wave slams Southern California," 7 July 2018 Confidence: Medium-High Tomorrow night: Showers taper off in the evening as winds shift to come from the north and begin to dry the area. David Streit, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Heat won’t budge today, but a nice break expected for the weekend," 5 July 2018 This stretch of terrain is good for wildflowers, and with rain possibly done for the season, blooms are tapering off. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Sunday getaway to Mitchell Canyon," 6 May 2018 By late March the number had tapered off to about 40 a day, says Amanda Klinger, director of operations for the network, based in Genoa, Ohio. Stacy Teicher Khadaroo, The Christian Science Monitor, "Social Media threats and school: The scramble to balance safety, justice," 6 Apr. 2018 Both wind and rain will taper off in the evening as a cold front pushes through and possibly brings snow flurries, with an overnight low of 26, meteorologist Trent Frey said. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's Easter to be dry — and maybe dark — if Saturday's winds down wires," 30 Mar. 2018 Models project the precipitation to taper off between midday and midafternoon, perhaps changing back to light rain at the event’s conclusion. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "It still may snow Saturday, but a significant, record-setting event is very unlikely," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of taper off

1848, in the meaning defined above

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10 Oct 2018

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