taper off

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

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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 Lovers bend at impossible angles; limbs that don’t fit the composition taper off and disappear. Christopher Alessandrini, The New York Review of Books, "‘Boys Do It Better’: The Paintings of Louis Fratino," 18 May 2019 Congressional Budget Office projections show average GDP growth of 1.9 percent in 2018-19, much slower than at the beginning of the current economic upswing—and real estate activity will likely taper off as well. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "The 10 top emerging trends that will shape real estate in 2019," 10 Oct. 2018 Although Hispanic fertility rates have fallen and Latin American immigration has mostly tapered off, the Census Bureau projects that the country as a whole will become majority-minority by 2045. Noah Smith, Twin Cities, "Noah Smith: Ronald Reagan, the diversity president," 8 Sep. 2019 Prices for pot vary widely and in other legal states have been high initially, but taper off as supplies increase. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Marijuana tax revenues may not be the long-term answer to Michigan budget woes," 19 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of taper off

1848, in the meaning defined above

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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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