wind down

verb

Definition of wind down 

intransitive verb

1 : to draw gradually toward an end the party was winding down

2 : relax, unwind wind down with a good book

transitive verb

: to cause a gradual lessening of usually with the intention of bringing to an end

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Synonyms & Antonyms for wind down

Synonyms

chill, chill out [slang], de-stress, decompress, loosen up, mellow (out), relax, unwind

Antonyms

tense (up)

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Examples of wind down in a Sentence

not being one for alcoholic beverages, I prefer to wind down with a cup of tea every night

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And with a World Cup devoid of a U.S. team winding down, American soccer's attention will gradually begin turning toward the U.S. women, who still must qualify this fall for next year's competition. Steven Goff, chicagotribune.com, "U.S. women's soccer is one year from the World Cup. It seems closer for coach Jill Ellis.," 12 July 2018 Israel fears that as the Syrian civil war winds down, Iran, whose forces and Shiite proxies have backed President Bashar Assad, will turn its focus to Israel. Caron Creighton, Fox News, "Netanyahu heads to Europe with Iran on his mind," 4 June 2018 Israel fears that as the Syrian war winds down, Iran, whose forces and Shi’ite proxies have backed President Bashar Assad, will turn its focus to Israel. Caron Creighton, BostonGlobe.com, "Netanyahu heads to Europe for talks on Iran," 3 June 2018 Israel fears that as the Syrian civil war winds down, Iran, whose forces and Shiite proxies have backed President Bashar Assad, will turn its focus to Israel. Caron Creighton, The Seattle Times, "Netanyahu heads to Europe with Iran on his mind," 3 June 2018 His biotech consulting business had been winding down for a while, taking only one or two clients a year, and at that moment, Cambridge Blue had nothing going on. Eric Boodman, STAT, "A career in biotech brought success. Then the birds came calling," 24 May 2018 Oakland's Nick Daniels missed an off-balance layup on the Grizzlies' ensuing offensive possession, and following an Appleby missed free throw, Nunn's jumper with time winding down was no good. Chris Nelsen, Detroit Free Press, "Oakland basketball upset by Cleveland State in Horizon League semifinal," 5 Mar. 2018 As Michigan's spring practice session winds down, its quarterback situation is undecided. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Get open: Michigan football receivers work to fix greatest flaw," 18 Apr. 2018 But with the legislative session winding down just as he was tapped for the new assignment, Vandergriff still had some unfinished business related to the Department of Motor Vehicles — and made a powerful new ally along the way. Jay Root, star-telegram, "Vandergriff billed taxpayers for trips to Austin while advocating for auto industry," 9 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of wind down

1952, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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