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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Much of the recent market turbulence has come as global central banks begin to wind down their massive bond-buying programs, which helped fuel the yearslong rally in global stocks and dampened market volatility. Jessica Menton, WSJ, "Bearing Down: With Bull Run in Jeopardy, Investors Find Few Havens," 25 Dec. 2018 As Christmas fast approaches, everyone's schedules have been winding down ahead of the holiday season. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Christmas Break Has Officially Started for Prince George and Princess Charlotte," 15 Dec. 2018 Though the summer wedding season may be winding down, this is the second time a bridezilla has made headlines for merciless demands in recent weeks. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Bridezilla mocked after strict wedding rules go viral," 21 Sep. 2018 All of this adds up to indicators that Sessions’s time in the AG office could be winding down — and that would leave a clear path to shutting Mueller down. Dara Lind, Vox, "Jeff Sessions might have just lost his most important supporter: the Senate," 23 Aug. 2018 Albrecht’s coaching career at West is winding down. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A baseball lifer, West Bend West's coach looks for a way to keep his edge without the game," 4 July 2018 While springtime youth sports in many programs are winding down, the Cooper City Optimist Basketball League is operating at full throttle on the hardwood. Rick Menning,, "Cooper City Optimist basketball fast breaks in popularity among kids," 25 June 2018 The romaine lettuce Escherichia coli (E. coli) outbreak that took one person's life may finally be winding down. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "The CDC Finally Gave Us Some Good News About the Romaine Lettuce E. Coli Outbreak," 17 May 2018 As the regular season begins to wind down, the Western Conference playoff race is becoming a bit more clear. William Guillory,, "UCLA guard Aaron Holiday, Jrue Holiday's brother, declares for 2018 NBA draft," 27 Mar. 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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