Skip to navigationSkip to content

13 synonyms for “taper” in case anyone wants to spice up coverage of the Fed

AP/J. Scott Applewhite
That word again?
  • Zachary M. Seward
By Zachary M. Seward

Editor-in-chief of Quartz

Published This article is more than 2 years old.

The US Federal Reserve just surprised markets by deciding to keep its bond-buying program intact. Or as nearly everyone seems to put it, the Fed opted not to taper (i.e., gradually reduce) the program. That word was already getting tired, and it will only get worse from here as everyone rethinks when the taper will actually begin. So we consulted a few thesauruses to find a few words and phrases that anyone can use to describe the act of cutting back on something. Here they are, free of charge:

  • abate
  • dwindle
  • lessen
  • ebb
  • recede
  • subside
  • diminish
  • let up
  • fade
  • reduce
  • thin
  • wane
  • ratchet down

Of course, taper has the advantage of also being a noun. But in a pinch, “the ebb” or “the fade” could work, too.

📬 Kick off each morning with coffee and the Daily Brief (BYO coffee).

By providing your email, you agree to the Quartz Privacy Policy.