Definition of curtail
: to make less by or as if by cutting off or away some part curtail the power of the executive branch curtail inflation Some school activities are being curtailed due to a lack of funds.
curtailerplay \-ˈtā-lər\ noun
Examples of curtail in a sentence
The new laws are an effort to curtail illegal drug use.
School activities are being curtailed due to a lack of funds.
Origin and Etymology of curtail
by folk etymology from earlier curtal to dock an animal's tail, from curtal, noun, animal with a docked tail, from Medieval French courtault — more at curtal
First Known Use: 1580
Synonym Discussion of curtail
CURTAIL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of curtail for English Language Learners
: to reduce or limit (something)
CURTAIL Defined for Kids
Definition of curtail for Students
: to shorten or reduce by cutting off the end or a part of I had to curtail my speech.
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