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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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