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1    come to a point, narrow, thin  
2      (with)       off   decrease, die away, die out, dwindle, fade, lessen, reduce, subside, thin out, wane, weaken, wind down  
2    grow, increase, intensify, step up, strengthen, swell, widen  
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  ( tapers    plural & 3rd person present)   ( tapering    present participle)   ( tapered    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If something tapers, or if you taper it, it becomes gradually thinner at one end.  
Unlike other trees, it doesn't taper very much. It stays fat all the way up...      V  
Taper the shape of your eyebrows towards the outer corners.      V n  
  tapered      adj  
...the elegantly tapered legs of the dressing-table.     
2       verb   If something tapers or is tapered, it gradually becomes reduced in amount, number, or size until it is greatly reduced.  
There are signs that inflation is tapering...      V  
If you take these drugs continuously, withdrawal must be tapered.      be V-ed  
      Taper off means the same as taper., phrasal verb  
Immigration is expected to taper off...      V P  
I suggested that we start to taper off the counseling sessions.      V P n (not pron), Also V n P  
3       n-count   A taper is a long, thin candle or a thin wooden strip that is used for lighting fires.  
taper off  
    taper 2  

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tape, tamper, tap, tear

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