phase out

phase out
If something is phased out, people gradually stop using it.

[be V-ed P] They said the present system of military conscription should be phased out...

[V P n (not pron)] They phased out my job in favor of a computer. [Also V n P]

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  • phase out — (something) to gradually stop providing or using something. The city decided to phase out half day kindergarten for 4 year olds in the public schools. Opposite of: phase in (something) …   New idioms dictionary

  • phase out — verb terminate gradually • Ant: ↑phase in • Hypernyms: ↑end, ↑terminate • Verb Frames: Somebody s something * * * [verb] wind down, close, ease off, eliminate, pull out, remove, run down, terminate, wind up, withdraw …   Useful english dictionary

  • phase out — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms phase out : present tense I/you/we/they phase out he/she/it phases out present participle phasing out past tense phased out past participle phased out to gradually stop using something Over the following three …   English dictionary

  • phase·out — /ˈfeızˌaʊt/ noun, pl outs [count] US : the act of stopping something gradually over a period of time in a planned series of steps or phases usually singular The restaurant will continue its phaseout of many unhealthy menu items over the next two… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Phase Out — 1. The gradual reduction of a tax credit as a taxpayer approaches the income limit to qualify for that credit. 2. The gradual reduction of a taxpayer s eligibility to contribute to a tax advantaged retirement account as the taxpayer approaches an …   Investment dictionary

  • phase out — verb Date: 1940 transitive verb to discontinue the practice, production, or use of by phases < phase out the old machinery > intransitive verb to stop production or operation by phases …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • phase out — phr verb Phase out is used with these nouns as the object: ↑subsidy …   Collocations dictionary

  • phase out — we re going to phase out the cash rebate program Syn: withdraw gradually, discontinue, stop using, run down, wind down …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • phase-out — /ˈfeɪz aʊt/ (say fayz owt) noun a gradual, stage by stage elimination or withdrawal: *We understand a definitive announcement to clarify the analogue phase out is expected shortly from the minister. –aap news, 1996 …  

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