wind down

verb
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 Film productions in the county have been encouraged to wind down and stop traveling given the spike in cases. Zoe Haylock, Vulture, "Charli D’Amelio Tried Very Hard to Hide Her Pandemic Vacation," 4 Jan. 2021 The company made significant job cuts in the U.S. and plans to wind down unprofitable side businesses and get rid of some of its leases, Mr. Kibsgaard said. Konrad Putzier, WSJ, "SoftBank to Get Majority Stake in Katerra With $200 Million Bailout," 30 Dec. 2020 While there's still a lot going on in the White House, President Trump's schedule is beginning to wind down as more Trump political appointees are sending out their resumes and leaving the administration en masse. Siraj Hashmi, Washington Examiner, "White House Weekly: December 21," 21 Dec. 2020 This week, earnings season continues to wind down with reports from AutoZone on Tuesday, Adobe on Wednesday and Costco Wholesale and Broadcom on Thursday. Benzinga, Detroit Free Press, "For S&P 500, November was its best month in history," 6 Dec. 2020 Rejection numbers are expected to rise in Pennsylvania and in other states over the next few months, as recounts and lawsuits wind down and give local election workers time to count ballots that arrived too late to be accepted. USA TODAY, "Fewer rejected ballots seemed to be a win for voter access. Trump and others disagree," 16 Nov. 2020 This pandemic will wind down and schools will open, but the point of bringing up schools was to remind us that investments in education and child care provide benefits to more than just the kids. Star Tribune, "Schafer: America has a dropout problem, and I'm not talking about schools," 12 Dec. 2020 Sunday night: Northwesterly breezes may finally wind down below 5 mph as the night wears on. Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Growing shower chances today, with more rain tonight," 4 Dec. 2020 Although wars may wind down, the road to recovery for former U.S. Marine Josh Bleill is a lifelong process. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Double amputee veteran on why it is important to support service members during the holidays," 25 Nov. 2020

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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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15 Jan 2021

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“Wind down.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wind%20down. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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