cut down

verb
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of cut down

transitive verb
1 a : to strike down and kill or incapacitate
2 a : 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

  1. we need to cut down that dying tree

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First Known Use of cut down

1571


Medical Dictionary

cutdown

noun cut·down \ ˈkət-ˌdau̇n \

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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