wind down


wound down also winded down; winding down; winds down

intransitive verb

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

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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Word History

First Known Use

1952, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of wind down was in 1952

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“Wind down.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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