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 Will growth taper off because the early adopters have already bought spit kits, while more casual consumers are scared off by privacy concerns? Libby Copeland, Time, "You Can Learn a Lot About Yourself From a DNA Test. Here's What Your Genes Cannot Tell You," 2 Mar. 2020 The snow will taper off Friday night and Saturday, with some towns, perhaps Redfield, likely to get over 50 inches of snow. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, "Blizzard could dump 4 feet of lake-effect snow on upstate New York," 27 Feb. 2020 Heavy rain Thursday morning will taper off to showers and thunderstorms with a few marginally severe storms capable of damaging winds possible across the Southeast. NBC News, "Winter storm races east as bone-chilling cold blasts in behind," 13 Feb. 2020 By the afternoon, showers will have tapered off to mostly cloudy skies. oregonlive, "Portland metro Friday weather: What’s that? The sun? Enjoy it while you can," 24 Jan. 2020 Gun sales normally taper off during Republican administrations because gun owners are not as compelled to stockpile weapons out of fear that lawmakers will impose restrictions on firearms. Lisa Marie Pane, USA TODAY, "Gun control tensions and slumping sales cast shadow over gun industry show in Las Vegas," 20 Jan. 2020 Gun sales normally taper off during Republican administrations because gun owners are not as compelled to stockpile weapons out of fear that lawmakers will impose restrictions on firearms. Lisa Marie Pane, BostonGlobe.com, "Gun industry gathers amid slumping sales, rising tensions," 19 Jan. 2020 After that, snow will slowly taper off, finally coming to an end shortly after midnight. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "St. Paul, Minneapolis declare snow emergencies. Heed parking signs or get towed.," 30 Dec. 2019 For those who don't like the rain, don't worry: precipitation should taper off around midnight, according to Jarvis. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Sunday's rainfall could break a more than 100-year-old record in Louisville," 29 Dec. 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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27 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Taper off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taper%20off. Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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