Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

cut down

verb

Definition of cut down

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to strike down and kill or incapacitate b :  knock down

  3. 2 a :  to remodel by removing extras or unwanted furnishings and fittings b :  to remake in a smaller size

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to reduce or curtail volume or activity <cut down on smoking>

cut down to size
  1. :  to reduce from an inflated or exaggerated importance to true or suitable stature



Examples of cut down

  1. <we need to cut down that dying tree>



1571

First Known Use of cut down

1571


Learn More about cut down


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up cut down? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 10, 2016

to put in good humor

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

pince-nez spindrift duvet kittly-benders
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ