cut down


Definition of cut down 

transitive verb

1a : to strike down and kill or incapacitate

b : knock down

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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The salt converts to chlorine, which cuts down on maintenance. Emma Kate Fittes, Indianapolis Star, "Hot Property: This $2.2 million Zionsville home is a super-sized Southern Living cottage," 8 June 2018 Privacy - Terms As sap gushes into the sugarhouse, its first stop is to undergo reverse osmosis to extract water, which significantly cuts down the sap’s boiling time, reducing fuel and increasing efficiency. Jason Wilson, charlotteobserver, "Vermont’s maple syrup business is booming, thanks to technology and changing tastes," 4 May 2018 And run full loads, which will also help cut down your bills. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, "You can slash home energy costs by just replacing light bulbs," 11 July 2018 Learn how to cut down your risk by exercising these simple prevention tips. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "'Her babies' were trapped behind the dryer. She was electrocuted while rescuing them, police say," 10 July 2018 The Astros brought the infield in to cut down a run. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' bats go cold in shutout loss to Royals," 22 June 2018 Behavioral health navigators could help cut down that time, Kromm said, by working more with families to figure out their next treatment steps outside the emergency room. Kate Magill, Columbia Flier, "Investment in health: Hospital looks to taxpayers for funding," 17 May 2018 Its goal is to cut down abuse, trolling and mom-bullying. CBS News, "Chairman Mom offers safe space online for working mothers," 27 Apr. 2018 Go aims to cut down on memory usage, too—also at a premium on our low-end, 1GB of RAM device. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Android Go review—Google’s scattershot attempt at a low-end Android OS," 20 Apr. 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 \

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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