cut 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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Premium for less Also like the iPad, the Galaxy Tab S5e’s back is made out of metal rather than glass, which should cut down on the slipperiness as compared to the S4. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "The ultra-thin Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e has an OLED screen, Android Pie and no S Pen for $400," 15 Feb. 2019 For years, Amazon has worked to find ways to cut down on those fees, and executives have been focused on evolving the future of payments, making it as frictionless as possible, the people said. Emily Glazer, WSJ, "Jeff Bezos and Jamie Dimon: Best of Frenemies," 5 Jan. 2019 The decades of research show needle exchanges combat the spread of bloodborne diseases like hepatitis C and HIV, cut down on the number of needles thrown out in public spaces, and link more people to treatment — all without enabling more drug use. German Lopez, Vox, "A big, new review of the evidence finds that prescription heroin works," 6 Dec. 2018 And hey, there are turrets at the entrance now to cut down on griefing. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Call of Duty's battle royale is free-to-try, Steam moved 15 exabytes of data in 2018," 18 Jan. 2019 NASA-West could only manage six baserunners and three of those got cut down on the basepaths, including one at the plate that had catcher Damian Landry shaken up when Noah Myers attempted to fly head first over Landry. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Pearland East eliminates NASA-West at Section 3 tournament 4-0," 8 July 2018 Simplify comes to mind, but not just cutting down to the essentials, not just clearing the physical clutter(I’m working on that too, though). Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Talk is Chic: Where to Follow Bazaar Editors During Fashion Week," 7 Jan. 2019 There’s also an onboard bread maker, which might seem like a luxury but cuts down on plastic waste from individually packaged loaves. Tyler Wetherall, Condé Nast Traveler, "The All-Women Sailing Crew Trying to Save the Ocean of Plastic," 27 Nov. 2018 Teams can declare two players each year who are on IR as returning to practice and then back to the active roster, but only if that player was placed on IR after the initial cut down of rosters to 53. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks running back J.D. McKissic officially returns to practice Monday," 19 Nov. 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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