cutback

noun
cut·​back | \ ˈkət-ˌbak How to pronounce cutback (audio) \

Definition of cutback

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something cut back
2 : reduction a cutback in funding

cut back

verb
cut back; cutting back; cuts back

Definition of cut back (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to shorten by cutting : prune

intransitive verb

1 : to interrupt the sequence of a plot (as of a movie) by introducing events prior to those last presented
2 : cut down cut back on sugar

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Synonyms for cutback

Synonyms: Verb

bob, clip, crop, cut, dock, lop (off), nip, pare, poll, prune, shave, shear, snip, trim

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Examples of cutback in a Sentence

Verb

we need to cut back the bushes a bit so that the house number is visible from the street cut back the meeting so everyone could leave early for the long weekend

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Trump tariffs that have already led to cutbacks across the U.S. were joined on Sept. 1 by a new round of 15% levies on more than $125 billion in imports, from wireless headphones to lawn mowers. Charlie Campbell/beijing, Time, "As the U.S.-China Trade War Escalates, Pocketbooks Feel the Pain," 5 Sep. 2019 If relegated to the opposition, Salvini could sit out the upcoming budget negotiations that could lead to unpopular spending cutbacks. Washington Post, "He was Europe’s fastest rising politician. Now, Italy’s far-right leader faces an uncertain future.," 30 Aug. 2019 That is a step up from the last few years of the Obama Administration, when a slide in oil prices led to big cutbacks in the capital-intensive energy industry, which previously had been expanding at a rapid clip. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "A Decline in Capital Investment Reveals the False Promise of Trump’s Tax Bill," 30 July 2019 Shopping center occupancies have risen to one of the highest levels in the last decade thanks to a cutback in retail building. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "D-FW shopping center occupancy climbs with slowdown in building," 2 July 2019 Schools across California have been clawing their way back from cutbacks made during the last recession, and the fiscal plan pays off $687 million in unsettled education debts, some dating back a decade. San Diego Union-Tribune, "California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed his first budget. Here’s where the $215 billion will go," 27 June 2019 Schools across California have been clawing their way back from cutbacks made during the last recession, and the fiscal plan pays off $687 million in unsettled education debts, some dating back a decade. John Myers, latimes.com, "California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed his first budget. Here’s where the $215 billion will go," 27 June 2019 But proposed green belt-tightening among hoi polloi was not matched by a cutback in their second and third homes, overseas vacations, luxury cars, private jets, and high-tech appurtenances. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Why Are the Western Middle Classes So Angry?," 13 June 2019 But proposed green belt-tightening among hoi polloi was not matched by a cutback in second and third homes, overseas vacations, luxury cars, private jets and high-tech appurtenances. Victor Davis Hanson, The Mercury News, "Hanson: Why are Western middle classes revolting against the elites?," 13 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Others point to a move by the EU in 2017 to cut back the number of emissions credits handed out. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, "Hedge funds are making millions off Europe's killer heat waves," 20 Aug. 2019 Recently, major brands like PepsiCo, Unilever, and Nestlé have started rolling out reusable, refillable glass and steel containers for some of their products in an effort to cut back on single-use plastics. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Is It Possible to Live Trash-Free?," 30 July 2019 The trucks are used in the Alpha Project’s Take Back the Streets employment program that puts homeless people to work clearing open spaces of debris, cutting back brush for fire-prevention and other jobs. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, "La Jolla gala to help homeless, others in need," 27 June 2019 By cutting back and forth between them and the port at La Rochelle, this new version of Das Boot asks us to put their mission into context. Adrian Daub, The New Republic, "Hulu’s Das Boot Gets Lost at Sea," 19 June 2019 The fires have prompted a widespread backlash against Brazil and its far-right president, who has cut back on protection of wild lands and wants to open more rainforest to farming and ranching. Richard Pérez-peña, BostonGlobe.com, "Amazon fires prompt alarm in Europe, and anger at Brazil’s government," 23 Aug. 2019 Unlike several houses who have cut back to only showing twice a year, Fabiana Filippi still presents each season. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "Italian Fashion House Fabiana Filippi is Not Interested in Trends," 13 Aug. 2019 There is evidence that cutting back on such services might yield health benefits. The Economist, "America’s social-media addiction is getting worse," 8 Aug. 2019 How to cut back on nonessential spending It’s often suggested that skipping that daily latte is an easy way to get your budget back on track. NBC News, "In credit card debt? Forget skipping lattes and focus on these areas of spending instead," 30 July 2019

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First Known Use of cutback

Noun

1897, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1871, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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cutback

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cutback

: the act of reducing the number or amount of something

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