We could say that a student learns or practices, then as an employee does the activity.

While the student learns, this could be considered 'ramping up' an activity.

What would a corresponding verb be for when a person is 'ramping down' an activity -- say working in a post-retirement environment, or using a skill only occasionally?

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    a phrase: keep one's hand in Dec 2, 2022 at 18:30
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    @HippoSawrUs that should be converted to an answer! Dec 2, 2022 at 19:04
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    'Ramp down' is idiomatic. Dec 2, 2022 at 19:48
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    @WeatherVane - I think they wanted only a verb or phrasal verb. I'm not sure which. Dec 3, 2022 at 2:46
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    Winding down is the opposite of ramping up, but I don't know if that works for your scenario. Dec 3, 2022 at 15:29

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I agree with Tinfoil Hat: "winding down" (Cambridge Dictionary) is the opposite of "ramping up." For example, "As her retirement nears, she's been winding down her involvement in the project."

It's not one word, but then again, neither is "ramping up."

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