curtail

verb
cur·​tail | \ (ˌ)kər-ˈtāl How to pronounce curtail (audio) \
curtailed; curtailing; curtails

Definition of curtail

transitive verb

: 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.

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Other Words from curtail

curtailer \ (ˌ)kər-​ˈtā-​lər How to pronounce curtailer (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for curtail

shorten, curtail, abbreviate, abridge, retrench mean to reduce in extent. shorten implies reduction in length or duration. shorten a speech curtail adds an implication of cutting that in some way deprives of completeness or adequacy. ceremonies curtailed because of rain abbreviate implies a making shorter usually by omitting some part. using an abbreviated title abridge implies a reduction in compass or scope with retention of essential elements and a relative completeness in the result. the abridged version of the novel retrench suggests a reduction in extent or costs of something felt to be excessive. declining business forced the company to retrench

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.

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He was moved to the bullpen for an unusual role, pitching multiple innings at a time with ample rest between outings as the Dodgers seek to curtail his workload two years after major shoulder surgery. Jorge Castillo, latimes.com, "Dodgers' Julio Urias to make first start in two months Thursday," 19 June 2019 Several states dissented from the Justice Department's settlement roughly 20 years ago, pushing for tougher sanctions to curtail Microsoft's ability to use its dominance in the Windows operating system to thwart competition in other technologies. Tali Arbel And Mae Anderson, chicagotribune.com, "States try to halt $26.5 billion Sprint-T-Mobile merger with lawsuit," 11 June 2019 Several states dissented from the Justice Department’s settlement roughly 20 years ago, pushing for tougher sanctions to curtail Microsoft’s ability to use its dominance in the Windows operating system to thwart competition in other technologies. Mae Anderson, The Denver Post, "Colorado among states suing to stop $26.5 billion Sprint-T-Mobile deal," 11 June 2019 Several states dissented from the Justice Department’s settlement roughly 20 years ago, pushing for tougher sanctions to curtail Microsoft’s ability to use its dominance in the Windows operating system to thwart competition in other technologies. Washington Post, "States sue to stop $26.5 billion Sprint-T-Mobile deal," 11 June 2019 Several states dissented from the Justice Department's settlement roughly 20 years ago, pushing for tougher sanctions to curtail Microsoft's ability to use its dominance in the Windows operating system to thwart competition in other technologies. Tali Arbel And Mae Anderson, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan joins lawsuit to stop $26.5 billion Sprint-T-Mobile deal," 11 June 2019 Several states dissented from the Justice Department’s settlement roughly 20 years ago, pushing for tougher sanctions to curtail Microsoft’s ability to use its dominance in the Windows operating system to thwart competition in other technologies. Tali Arbel, Fortune, "10 States Are Suing to Block Sprint-T-Mobile Deal," 26 May 2019 Turkey, which backs a number of opposition factions in Syria and has set up observation points that ring the rebel stronghold, has been seeking to curtail a full-scale offensive. Fox News, "Syria rebels destroy bridges in anticipation of offensive," 31 Aug. 2018 However, there are ways to help curtail the damage. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The Best Ways to Handle Crow's Feet," 15 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of curtail

1580, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of curtail was in 1580

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curtail

verb

English Language Learners Definition of curtail

formal : to reduce or limit (something)

curtail

verb
cur·​tail | \ ˌkər-ˈtāl How to pronounce curtail (audio) \
curtailed; curtailing

Kids Definition of curtail

: to shorten or reduce by cutting off the end or a part of I had to curtail my speech.

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