taper - definition and synonyms

verb 

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/ˈteɪpə(r)/
present tense
I/you/we/theytaper
he/she/ittapers
present participletapering
past tensetapered
past participletapered
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to gradually become narrower towards one end, or to make something narrower towards one end
  2. 2

    taper

    or

    taper off

    [intransitive] to gradually become less

    Spending has tapered off from £844 million to £557 million.

  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] economics to gradually reduce the amount of new money which is supplied by a central bank in order to aid economic recovery

    At the end of a closely watched meeting, the Fed’s policy-setting body chose not to taper.