wind 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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Synonyms & Antonyms for wind down


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


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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In data for the fourth quarter of 2017, the single currency made up around 20%, though some analysts expect that to move higher as the European Central Bank winds down stimulus and reverts to more traditional monetary policy. Mike Bird, WSJ, "Iran, China Seek to Loosen Dollar’s Grip on Global Markets," 23 Apr. 2018 Policy makers at the European Central Bank are debating when to wind down extraordinary monetary stimulus, and some officials have cautioned that a stronger currency, trade risks and higher-than- expected slack might be reasons to go slow., "Euro-Area Manufacturers Rein in Output Amid Capacity Constraints," 3 Apr. 2018 Investors and analysts will dissect the minutes for clues about how fast the central bank will wind down its stimulus to the eurozone economy. The New York Times, New York Times, "A Short Market Week, Walmart Earnings and Warren Buffett’s Letter," 18 Feb. 2018 The festival winds down on Saturday with sand castle judging and viewing from 2 to 4 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony at Pier Plaza. Lisa Deaderick,, "Top weekend events: San Diego Pride, Sun & Sea Festival, Gustavo Romero," 13 July 2018 Baker’s budget proposal included $5.2 million for new recruits, but both the House and Senate excluded funding in their proposals and the budget process is winding down. Matt Rocheleau,, "Baker’s plan to cut State Police OT spending faces major hurdles," 11 July 2018 The route then winds down toward Mexican Hay Lake, which is rarely more than a weedy bog. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Arizona hike: Wildlife abounds on the South Fork Trail," 19 June 2018 Sure, the two ships under his care—the Erebus and the Terror—are inauspiciously named, and their mission to locate the fabled Northwest Passage is a treacherous one now that the Arctic summer is winding down. Asher Elbein, The Atlantic, "The Terror Is More Than a Chilling Monster Show," 1 May 2018 When the Phillies won in 1980 and 2008, as when the 76ers won in 1983, the teams started in central Philadelphia and wound down Broad to the stadium complex. Aubrey Whelan,, "Eagles Super Bowl parade: A celebration for the ages," 8 Feb. 2018

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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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