taper off

verb
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 Grand Bahama’s east end tapers off in a series of cays — August, McLeans, Big Harbour, Sweetings and several others. Dan Sweeney, sun-sentinel.com, "As a Bahamas school prepares to reopen, a teacher is still on search and rescue," 10 Sep. 2019 Sleeping Ute Mountain Cortez Fifteen miles southwest of Cortez lies an elongated mountain that resembles a reclining Indian warrior with his headdress to the north, arms folded across his chest and toes tapering off to the south. Tom Noel, The Know, "16 strange, spooky and (mostly) true Colorado stories to tell around a campfire," 24 Aug. 2019 Winds should taper off this evening, dissipating after midnight, said meteorologist Bob Clay of the National Weather Service’s Anchorage office. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "High winds bring down tree limbs, cause power outages in Anchorage," 19 Aug. 2019 Many had expected violence to taper off in Guerrero as synthetic opioids like fentanyl knocked the bottom out of the opium market that had fed organized crime groups in the state. Washington Post, "Toxic mix of gangs, vigilantes fuels rising Mexican violence," 22 June 2019 And those on psychiatric medications usually taper off beforehand. New York Times, "Johns Hopkins Opens New Center for Psychedelic Research," 4 Sep. 2019 However, just as fitness issues hampered Richards, an endless string of injuries saw the midfielder taper off. SI.com, "Jadon Sancho Beware: Rating the Careers of 7 England Starlets Who Burst Onto the Scene as Teenagers," 24 Aug. 2019 Bryce Harper, their $330 million investment, started hot, tapered off for several weeks and has found a groove again. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "J.T. Realmuto emerges as rock among Phillies' stars: 'His toughness is already legendary'," 19 June 2019 Lingering showers will be tapering off during the evening then some areas of fog will develop overnight as temperatures drop close to the dew point. Gary Lessor, courant.com, "Afternoon showers possible for Father’s Day," 16 June 2019

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First Known Use of taper off

1848, in the meaning defined above

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24 Oct 2019

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The first known use of taper off was in 1848

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