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Definition of wind down phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


wind down

 phrasal verb
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Phrasal Verbs
  1. 1(of a person) to rest or relax after a period of activity or excitement synonym unwind
  2. 2(of a piece of machinery) to go slowly and then stop

    wind somethingdown

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  1. 1to bring an activity, etc. to an end gradually over a period of time The government is winding down its nuclear program. The party didn't wind down till after midnight.
  2. 2to make something such as the window of a car move downward by turning a handle, pressing a button, etc. Can I wind my window down?
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