wind down
verb Date: 1952 intransitive verb 1. to draw gradually toward an end <
the party was winding down
>
2. relax, unwind <
wind down with a good book
>
transitive verb to cause a gradual lessening of usually with the intention of bringing to an end

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • wind down — UK US wind down Phrasal Verb with wind({{}}/waɪnd/ verb (wound, wound) ► [I or T] if a business, situation, activity, etc. winds down, or is wound down, it gradually ends: »They re winding down their overseas operation because it is losing money …   Financial and business terms

  • wind down — 1 (informal) he needed to wind down: RELAX, unwind, calm down, cool down/off, ease up/off, take it easy, rest, put one s feet up; N. Amer. informal hang loose, chill (out) …   Useful english dictionary

  • wind-down — /wuynd down /, n. an act or instance of winding down, as in intensity: a gradual wind down in hostilities. [1965 70; n. use of the v. phrase wind down] * * * …   Universalium

  • wind-down — UK [ˈwaɪnd ˌdaʊn] / US noun [countable] Word forms wind down : singular wind down plural wind downs the time or process when you gradually do less of an activity because you are preparing to stop completely …   English dictionary

  • wind down — 1) informal they needed to wind down Syn: relax, unwind, calm down, cool down/off, ease up/off, take it easy, rest, put one s feet up; informal take a load off, hang loose, chill, chill out, kick back 2) the summer was winding down …   Thesaurus of popular words

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