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English verb: taper off

1. taper off (stative) end weakly


SamplesThe music just petered out--there was no proper ending.


Synonymsfizzle, fizzle out, peter out


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)discontinue

2. taper off (change) become smaller or less active


SamplesBusiness tapered off.


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)contract, narrow









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