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cut off

verb

Definition of cut off

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to bring to an untimely end

  3. 2 :  to stop the passage of <cut off communications>

  4. 3 :  shut off, bar <the river cut off their retreat>

  5. 4 :  discontinue, terminate <cut off a subscription>

  6. 5 :  separate, isolate <cut herself off from her family>

  7. 6 :  disinherit <threatened to cut him off without a penny>

  8. 7 a :  to stop the operation of :  turn off <cut off the engine> b :  to stop or interrupt while in communication <the operator cut me off>

  9. intransitive verb
  10. :  to cease operating



Examples of cut off in a sentence

  1. <the majority party cut off debate and forced a vote on the bill>

  2. <the dog cut off the one sheep that had to be sheared>



14th Century

First Known Use of cut off

14th century


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