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 But the plant closures, as the company continues to wind down car models, like the Chevrolet Cruze, that have fallen out of favor and prepare for an uncertain technological future, hinted at more troubling economic signs. BostonGlobe.com, "Representatives for both the company and United Auto Workers, which is leading the strike, expressed hopes for a near-term fix but details remained scarce. PresidentTrump also weighed in, saying Monday afternoon that ‘‘I am sad to see the strike. Hopefully it is going to be a quick one.’’," 17 Sep. 2019 The officials called him down at the 1 - as time continued to wind down on the clock and Alabama still leading 24-10. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Watch Will Muschamp hot at halftime after no replay of potential South Carolina TD against Alabama," 14 Sep. 2019 Her decision also shows how marijuana’s status as contraband remains deeply embedded in the criminal justice system, even as the police and prosecutors have begun to wind down arrests and prosecutions for marijuana. Joseph Goldstein, New York Times, "Officers Said They Smelled Pot. The Judge Called Them Liars.," 12 Sep. 2019 FC Cincinnati's 2019 season continues to wind down Saturday at Montreal with a match against the Impact (7:30 p.m.). Pat Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "Here's what you need to know about FC Cincinnati's match at Montreal Impact," 11 Sep. 2019 Skip to main content After a week of hard work in the White House, Vice President Mike Pence likes to wind down with a supreme thin crust pizza and non-alcoholic beer. Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY, "'What are we going to do Mike?': Trump's victory posed problems for Pence and his wife, new book says," 7 Sep. 2019 Even if the monsoon kicks up, though, September generally tends to lean a bit drier along the Front Range and Colorado, as the annual monsoon season starts to wind down and daily shower and thunderstorm chances overall decrease. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "September outlook: Summer warmth to stick around a little longer?," 1 Sep. 2019 This late in the summer, the home buying season usually starts to wind down. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Low home finance costs are keeping the D-FW home market hot as summer season winds down," 22 Aug. 2019 When the story starts winding down, so does their raison d’être. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Jacob’s Ladder,’ another remake nobody asked for, and more movies," 22 Aug. 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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