wind down

wound down also winded down; winding down; winds down

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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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
Recent Examples on the Web The Pentagon has started ordering F-15 jets again for the first time in a decade, though Boeing faces the wind down of two other big programs, the Apache helicopter and the P-8 naval surveillance jet. Doug Cameron, WSJ, 25 Apr. 2022 Here are some expert suggestions on how to save for retirement as your years in the workforce wind down. Kathleen Evans, Glamour, 18 Mar. 2022 That’s always produced an undercount in how many people are actually infected, but the numbers are becoming even more uncertain as government testing sites wind down and at-home testing becomes more common. Yasmin Tayag, The Atlantic, 28 Apr. 2022 And even as the pandemic disruptions wind down, there could be challenges in maintaining mental health. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, 14 Apr. 2022 The full circle moment brings the company into the communal experience of a household as its members wind down for bed. Cathy Applefeld Olson, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2022 With a decision in that case looming, figure skating will grab more than its share of attention as the Beijing Games wind down. Los Angeles Times, 12 Feb. 2022 As talks between the nations resumed Friday, some Russian forces continued pulling away from the Ukraine capital, though Ukrainian and Western officials have warned the move is likely not a signal that the war will wind down. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, 2 Apr. 2022 There is growing consensus on Wall Street that the Federal Reserve will wind down its assets-purchases by March and begin raising the benchmark lending rate at some point in the first half of 2022. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 3 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of wind down

1952, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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The first known use of wind down was in 1952

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Last Updated

15 May 2022

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“Wind down.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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