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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However, there are ways to help curtail the damage. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The Best Ways to Handle Crow's Feet," 15 Feb. 2019 The district receives money based on enrollment and since projections fell short this year, the teacher transfers help curtail a revenue shortfall of about $7.5 million. Dahlia Bazzaz, The Seattle Times, "100 Seattle students protest teacher displacement at City Hall," 25 Sep. 2018 What’s more, Facebook has been slower to introduce the moderating tools that might help curtail hate speech and misinformation in the developing world. Jessi Hempel, WIRED, "What Happened to Facebook's Grand Plan to Wire the World?," 17 May 2018 Maryland lawmakers have finalized a bipartisan measure to collect $380 million in taxes from health insurers next year to help curtail surging premiums for 150,000 Marylanders and prevent the state’s Obamacare marketplace from a potential collapse. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland legislature approves plan to stabilize state's Obamacare market with new tax on insurers," 4 Apr. 2018 Recent Form Record over the last 10 games across competitions: Roma: DLDDLWWWLL Roma's usual mid-season troubles have hit hard this winter, although a three win streak in February helped curtail their woes. SI.com, "Napoli Continues Run Toward Serie A Title vs. Roma," 2 Mar. 2018 The decision to curtail production could have a calamitous effect on Airbus'A380 manufacturing unit over the next few years, which employs 3,000 to 3,500 people. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Airbus to Stop Production of the Colossal A380 as Airlines Transition to Smaller Planes," 14 Feb. 2019 Loyola Law School professor Justin Levitt studied voter impersonation, the type of fraud that strict voter ID laws (which Trump supports) aim to curtail. Dylan Scott, Vox, "There’s election fraud in North Carolina. That’s not the same thing as voter fraud.," 11 Dec. 2018 The goal is to predict three days out the level of particulates and ozone, then produce an eight-hour warning of high ozone levels that would advise people to curtail outdoor activities. Dan Rosenbaum, Ars Technica, "All hail the AI overlord: Smart cities and the AI Internet of Things," 7 Dec. 2018

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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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