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TAPER OFF

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does taper off mean? 

TAPER OFF (verb)
  The verb TAPER OFF has 2 senses:

1. end weakly
2. become smaller or less active

  Familiarity information: TAPER OFF used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


TAPER OFF (verb)


Sense 1taper off [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

End weakly

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

fizzle; fizzle out; peter out; taper off

Context example:

The music just petered out--there was no proper ending

Hypernyms (to "taper off" is one way to...):

discontinue (come or be at an end)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 2taper off [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Become smaller or less active

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

Business tapered off

Hypernyms (to "taper off" is one way to...):

contract; narrow (make or become more narrow or restricted)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


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