taper something off


taper something off
ˌtaper sthˈoff derived
to make sth become gradually less in number, amount, degree, etc

They are gradually tapering off production of the older models.

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  • taper — [tā′pər] n. [ME < OE tapur, prob. by dissimilation < L papyrus (see PAPER): from use of papyrus pith as wick] 1. a wax candle, esp. a long, slender one 2. a long wick coated with wax, used for lighting candles, lamps, etc. 3. any feeble… …   English World dictionary

  • taper off — verb 1. end weakly (Freq. 1) The music just petered out there was no proper ending • Syn: ↑peter out, ↑fizzle out, ↑fizzle • Hypernyms: ↑discontinue • …   Useful english dictionary

  • taper — [[t]te͟ɪpə(r)[/t]] tapers, tapering, tapered 1) V ERG If something tapers, or if you taper it, it becomes gradually thinner at one end. Unlike other trees, it doesn t taper very much. It stays fat all the way up. [V ing] ...beautiful hands with… …   English dictionary

  • taper — I UK [ˈteɪpə(r)] / US [ˈteɪpər] verb Word forms taper : present tense I/you/we/they taper he/she/it tapers present participle tapering past tense tapered past participle tapered 1) [intransitive/transitive] to gradually become narrower towards… …   English dictionary

  • taper — ta|per1 [ˈteıpə US ər] v [I and T] to become gradually narrower towards one end, or to make something become narrower at one end taper to ▪ His wide chest tapers to a small waist. >tapering adj ▪ long tapering fingers taper off phr v to… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • taper — ta|per1 [ teıpər ] verb 1. ) intransitive or transitive to gradually become narrower toward one end, or make something narrower toward one end 2. ) taper or taper off intransitive to gradually become less: Spending has tapered off from $844… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • taper off — {v.} 1. To come to an end little by little; become smaller toward the end. * /The river tapers off here and becomes a brook./ 2. To stop a habit gradually; do something less and less often. * /Robert gave up smoking all at once instead of… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • taper off — {v.} 1. To come to an end little by little; become smaller toward the end. * /The river tapers off here and becomes a brook./ 2. To stop a habit gradually; do something less and less often. * /Robert gave up smoking all at once instead of… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • taper\ off — v 1. To come to an end little by little; become smaller toward the end. The river tapers off here and becomes a brook. 2. To stop a habit gradually; do something less and less often. Robert gave up smoking all at once instead of tapering off.… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • tap — I. /tæp / (say tap) verb (tapped, tapping) –verb (t) 1. to strike lightly but audibly; strike with slight blows. 2. to make, put, etc., by tapping. 3. to strike (the hand, foot, etc.) lightly upon or against something. 4. to add a thickness of… …   Australian English dictionary