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 \(ˌ)kər-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.
Recent Examples of curtail from the Web
North Korea has repeatedly rejected calls to curtail its nuclear and missile programs, calling them legitimate self-defense.
The space for civil society has been curtailed dramatically under President Xi Jinping.
With the greatest leverage comes the greatest responsibility’ Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull joined the U.S. in imploring China to rein in North Korea, saying the regime was becoming increasingly reckless and must be curtailed.
Lighty said more provisions to curtail costs will be added shortly.
The Obama administration curtailed this program (by reducing funding) in favor of Secure Communities, largely because 287(g) is very expensive.
But the Mann shooting, combined with other use-of-force incidents and acrimony in some minority communities over a perceived bias in how they are policed, has led to calls for further change – and a fear that the wrong chief would curtail momentum.
Administration officials have repeatedly blamed Dodd-Frank for curtailing lending and economic growth.
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and a coalition of other countries including Russia are poised to curtail oil production for at least another nine months when...
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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 Middle 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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