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

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On Monday, Bloomberg reported that the loan request has been cut down to $250 million. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "What is going on with SpaceX and all these Big Falcon Rocket changes?," 20 Nov. 2018 Unlike Christmas tree farms, palm tree farms do not cut down the tree. Marie Milano, Country Living, "When Is Palm Sunday, and Why Does the Date Always Change?," 8 Mar. 2019 Fiver parties cut down on the number of toys a kid gets, which increases the quality of play. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Fiver Parties Are Better for Kids, According to Developmental Experts," 8 Mar. 2019 That drastically cuts down on the number of input weights the network needs to learn, which allows the network to produce better results with fewer training examples. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "How computers got shockingly good at recognizing images," 18 Dec. 2018 Learning all about what to expect before, during, and after a transvaginal ultrasound may cut down on emotional discomfort, too. Korin Miller, SELF, "What Does It Mean to Have a Diminished Ovarian Reserve?," 17 Nov. 2018 The duchess has apparently cut down on some of her appearances for the remainder of the tour, owing to her pregnancy. D. Elizabeth, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Left Her Solo Fiji Outing Early Due to Security Risks," 24 Oct. 2018 Travel in the region is notoriously hampered by long drives, but the bridge would cut down the four-hour journey between Zhuhai and Hong Kong to just 30 minutes, according to the BBC. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "China Opens Gargantuan 34-Mile Mega Bridge," 23 Oct. 2018 The Rise of the Skin-Care Diet About three years ago, dermatologists in Korea began advising people experiencing sensitivity and redness to step back from their extensive routines and cut down to the basics, according to Yoo. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Why Koreans Are Ditching Their Famous 10-Step Routines for the Skin-Care Diet," 29 Sep. 2018

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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 | \ 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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