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taper off (doing something)

gradually to stop doing something; to do less and less of something until there is no more to do. Bob tried to taper off smoking again. I can't taper off overeating. I have to stop all at once by going on a strict diet.
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taper off

to gradually lessen tail off The price of gasoline should taper off in the fall. The rain will taper off by morning and the afternoon should be sunny.
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taper off

1. Become thinner or narrower at one end, as in The road began to taper off until it was just a narrow path. [c. 1600]
2. Diminish or lessen gradually, end by degrees, as in The storm finally tapered off. [Mid-1800s]
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taper off

v.
1. To narrow, diminish, or lessen gradually: The rod tapers off to a point at one end. The rain finally tapered off, and we went back outside.
2. To cause something to narrow, diminish, or lessen gradually: I tapered off the end of a stick and drove it into the ground. The doctor tapered the medication off as the patient recovered.
3. To gradually reduce someone's medication: After my symptoms disappeared, the doctor tapered me off the medication.
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The storm, coming from the northwest, is predicted to arrive by late afternoon but taper off overnight, with a weaker storm moving in Friday.
A Pacific storm that hampered Los Angeles commuters and raised the specter of flash floods late Monday was expected to taper off today, weather forecasters said.
If delinquencies increase 10% in the near term, and filings taper off to 100,000 per month, Fitch's chargeoff index is predicted to increase to 7.
Rainfall was expected to be heavy at times, then taper off as the cold front moved east today.
Furthermore, with the cycle of monetary easing under way since mid-September and global growth expected to slow, improvements in balance of payments and external debt indicators should begin to taper off.
While agents believe that activity will taper off, they are unsure when because of the high demand for homes in the valley.
Rapid growth will continue for several years and taper off by 2010, when functional foods are expected to represent five percent of the total global food market.
Most California markets simply won't have enough product next year to keep pace with demand, a situation that equals rising prices even though sales could taper off.
Bies also opined that productivity growth is likely to taper off by the second half of this year .
Overnight rains were expected to taper off into scattered showers today, ending before warmer winds blow through the area Monday, said Bonnie Bartling, meteorological technician with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.
Fitch believes delinquencies in that sector are likely to continue through the remainder of this year and into next but expects the pace of the increases to taper off.
Bonds is hot now, but history shows players that hit a lot of home runs early taper off late in the season.
Debt levels should continue to remain manageable as the level of borrowing begins to taper off during fiscal 2006 and the county amortizes debt rapidly.
While the economy should grow by about 5% this year on higher oil production, quarterly growth should taper off sharply in the fourth quarter (4Q) when the base effect from the opening of a new pipeline in fourth-quarter 2003 (4Q'03) is complete.