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plural curbs
or British kerb : an edging (as of concrete) built along a street to form part of a gutter
They sat on the curb eating their ice cream.
see also kick to the curb
[from the fact that it originally transacted its business on the street] : a market for trading in securities not listed on a stock exchange
: a raised edge or margin to strengthen or confine
: an enclosing frame, border, or edging
: check, restraint
a price curb
government policies that are designed to put a curb on spending
: a bit that exerts severe pressure on a horse's jaws
also : the chain or strap attached to it see bit illustration


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curbed; curbing; curbs

transitive verb

: to furnish with a curb
: to check or control with or as if with a curb
trying to curb her curiosity
: to lead (a dog) to a suitable place (such as a gutter) for defecation
Choose the Right Synonym for curb

restrain, check, curb, bridle mean to hold back from or control in doing something.

restrain suggests holding back by force or persuasion from acting or from going to extremes.

restrained themselves from laughing

check implies restraining or impeding a progress, activity, or impetus.

trying to check government spending

curb suggests an abrupt or drastic checking.

learn to curb your appetite

bridle implies keeping under control by subduing or holding in.

bridle an impulse to throw the book down

Examples of curb in a Sentence

Noun We sat on the curb eating our ice cream. these international regulations act as a curb on the plundering of a nation's archaeological treasures Verb The legislation is intended to curb price and wage increases. pills designed to curb your appetite
Recent Examples on the Web
New stops: The extension will add 15 new streetcar stops to Main Street, all of them equipped with benches, awnings and raised curbs for easy access to the streetcar. Natalie Wallington, Kansas City Star, 4 June 2024 Many of the legal experts that stood on the curb outside the courthouse for six years can't – for six weeks can't explain it. CBS News, 2 June 2024
Reforms could build trust but curb profits Unusual Whales said a trading ban — or even a new requirement saying lawmakers must disclose their trades just one day following their activity — would bring more trust into Congress. Deirdre Walsh, NPR, 6 June 2024 For much of the past decade, China’s efforts to curb speculation on real estate grew broader and more extensive. Claire Fu, New York Times, 6 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for curb 

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Word History



Middle French courbe curve, curved piece of wood or iron, from courbe curved, from Latin curvus


derivative of curb entry 1

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2b


1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of curb was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Curb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: a chain or strap on a horse's bit used to control the horse by pressing against the lower jaw
: check entry 1 sense 3
price curbs
: an enclosing border (as of stone or concrete) often along the edge of a street


2 of 2 verb
: to control by or furnish with or as if with a curb
legislation to curb price and wage increases
curb your appetite
: to lead (a dog) to a suitable place (as a gutter) for defecation

Medical Definition


: a swelling on the back of the hind leg of a horse just behind the lowest part of the hock joint that is due to strain or rupture of the ligament and generally causes lameness

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