cut down

cut down; cutting down; cuts down

Definition of cut down

transitive verb

1a : to strike down and kill or incapacitate
2a : to remodel by removing extras or unwanted furnishings and fittings
b : to remake in a smaller size

intransitive verb

: to reduce or curtail volume or activity cut down on smoking
cut down to size
: to reduce from an inflated or exaggerated importance to true or suitable stature

Examples of cut down in a Sentence

we need to cut down that dying tree
Recent Examples on the Web El Salvador plans to repurchase about $1.6 billion in sovereign bonds at market prices, part of a plan to cut down on debt and stave off fears of a default, President Nayib Bukele said on Tuesday. Santiago Pérez, WSJ, 26 July 2022 Intense Pressure to Cut Trees Do not underestimate the pressure to cut down trees. Ken Silverstein, Forbes, 24 July 2022 Tech will end its affiliation with the North Central Conference following the 2022-23 school year, citing a need to cut down on travel. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 6 July 2022 One component of the multi-pronged effort nationally to cut down on inappropriate opioid prescriptions has been the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. oregonlive, 29 June 2022 The changes include measures to control debris and other hazardous material during launches, efforts to cut down on noise to surrounding communities, and actions to protect water resources, fish, wildlife and plants in the vicinity. Denise Chow, NBC News, 13 June 2022 The park suspended the sale of the passes — which the resort reintroduced last year after eliminating the program due to COVID-19 — in an effort to cut down on crowding amid the start of the busy summer season, the Los Angeles Times reported. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 1 June 2022 He was sentenced to a year in jail, but that sentence also was suspended and cut down to two days, and he was instructed to pay a fine and write an apology letter. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 July 2022 Manfred’s contention that the clock will energize the game and cut down on a time of game that ballooned to a record 3:11 last year – it’s 3:07 this year – has been backed up by the data from minor league games. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 17 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of cut down

1571, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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“Cut down.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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cut·​down | \ ˈkət-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce cutdown (audio) \

Medical Definition of cutdown

: incision of a superficial blood vessel (as a vein) to facilitate insertion of a catheter (as for administration of fluids)

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