cutoff

noun cut·off \ ˈkət-ˌȯf \
Updated on: 18 May 2018

Definition of cutoff

1 : the act or action of cutting off
2 a : the new and relatively short channel formed when a stream cuts through the neck of an oxbow
b : shortcut 1
c : a channel made to straighten a stream
3 : a device for cutting off
4 a : something cut off
b cutoffs plural : shorts originally made from jeans with the legs cut off at the knees or higher
5 : the point, date, or period for a cutoff

cutoff

adjective

Examples of cutoff in a Sentence

  1. a cutoff of the water supply

  2. The cutoff for new applications is next Wednesday.

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First Known Use of cutoff

1741

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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cut off

verb

Definition of cut off

1 : to bring to an untimely end
2 : to stop the passage of
  • cut off communications
3 : shut off, bar
  • the river cut off their retreat
4 : discontinue, terminate
  • cut off a subscription
5 : separate, isolate
  • cut herself off from her family
6 : disinherit
  • threatened to cut him off without a penny
7 a : to stop the operation of : turn off
  • cut off the engine
b : to stop or interrupt while in communication
  • the operator cut me off
: to cease operating

Examples of cut off in a Sentence

  1. the majority party cut off debate and forced a vote on the bill

  2. the dog cut off the one sheep that had to be sheared

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First Known Use of cut off

14th century

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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CUTOFF Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of cutoff for English Language Learners

  • : the act of stopping the movement or supply of something

  • : the time when something must be done or completed

  • cutoffs : short pants that are made from long pants by cutting off the legs at the knees or higher


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