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[ wahynd-doun ]


  1. an act or instance of winding down, as in intensity:

    a gradual wind-down in hostilities.

wind down

/ waɪnd /


  1. tr to lower or move down by cranking
  2. intr (of a clock spring) to become slack
  3. intr to diminish gradually in force or power; relax

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Word History and Origins

Origin of wind-down1

First recorded in 1965–70; noun use of the verb phrase wind down

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Idioms and Phrases

Diminish gradually, draw to a close, as in By midnight the party had wound down . [Mid-1900s] Also see wind up .

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Example Sentences

As combat operations in Afghanistan wind down, so too does the main driver of NATO defense cooperation.

Obama in many ways has sought to wind down that war in his second term.

Many artists wind down in their twilight years, but not Matisse.

When things go dark, our body begins to wind down and prepare for sleep.

This time, however, it might not be so easy to wind down the crisis.

My house stands on the side of a hill, and the cocoanut trees wind down to the shore.

Away they sped like the wind down the smooth road, through a leafless forest.

Soon he began to wind down the glaring chalk-track, and reached grass levels.

I saw their gaunt figures wind down the valley, and watched them till they disappeared in the distance.

Then we reach leetle stream south of woods, stream wind down through Payson.


Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.




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