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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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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The request marks a turning point in the winding down of Weinstein Co., which filed for... Jonathan Randles, WSJ, "Weinstein Co. to Liquidate in Bankruptcy," 15 May 2019 Fond Farewell As a child approaches 2, NFP nurses start winding down their home visits, helping the moms find affordable child care and transition into life after the program. Tracy Saelinger, Woman's Day, "This Nurse Helps New Moms When They're Most Vulnerable," 8 Jan. 2019 When the sun sets and nearby Marines wind down for the evening, Sam Freeze suits up and goes bat hunting. Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post, "A mysterious disease is killing millions of bats. These scientists are trying to save them.," 12 July 2018 As the recently concluded campaign was winding down, reports surfaced that this term could be the Slovakia international's last in Naples, with interest from Asia regarding a possible switch apparent., "Reports Claim Napoli Have Set €30m Price Tag as ​Marek Hamsik Requests Exit," 8 June 2018 After more than 20 years out on Tour, Woods, 42, and Mickelson, 47, have developed mutual respect and arrived at the realization their careers are winding down and there is more to life than golf. Edgar Thompson,, "Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson set for first-round duel at Players Championship," 9 May 2018 Football entered its hiatus earlier this month, basketball sits in a lull before summer recruiting kicks into high gear, and the Spartans’ spring sports calendar is winding down. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State mailbag: Tracking football breakout candidates," 24 Apr. 2018 Ladies first Women’s History Month is winding down, so Bump and Grindcore is celebrating women with its March party, dubbed Ladies to the Front: A Celebration of the Women in Rap. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "5 things to do this weekend in Chicago," 29 Mar. 2018 The dinner wound down around 11 p.m. and guests started going off into the night. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Salvatore Ferragamo Kicks off Fashion Week with an Intimate Dinner at Sant Ambroeus," 9 Feb. 2019

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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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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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