cutoff

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noun

cut·​off ˈkət-ˌȯf How to pronounce cutoff (audio)
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
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cutoffs plural : shorts originally made from jeans with the legs cut off at the knees or higher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

cut off

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verb

cut off; cutting off; cuts off

transitive verb

1
: to bring to an untimely end
Each one of those names reflects a life that was prematurely cut off John Kerry
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
a
: disinherit
threatened to cut him off without a penny
b
: to refuse to serve (someone) more alcohol
The bartender cut them off.
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

intransitive verb

: to cease operating

Example Sentences

Noun a cutoff of the water supply The cutoff for new applications is next Wednesday. Verb the majority party cut off debate and forced a vote on the bill the dog cut off the one sheep that had to be sheared
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
If the saw has a low threshold for thermal cutoff to protect the battery and circuitry, that will shut the saw off. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 30 Nov. 2022 The impact of Europe’s cutoff from Russian energy exports hasn’t fully borne out for refined products such as diesel, which is key for agriculture, trucking and manufacturing. David Uberti, WSJ, 23 Nov. 2022 For Native American students, there will be no family income cutoff. Alison Steinbach, The Arizona Republic, 18 Nov. 2022 Even when more reactors are restarted in the coming months, French nuclear output will be around 45 gigawatts — lower than usual this winter, compounding the impact of Russia’s gas cutoff. Liz Alderman, New York Times, 15 Nov. 2022 The quarterback with the black cutoff T-shirt and bleach-blond hair is leading a huddle. Kevin Reynolds, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Oct. 2022 Induction cooktops are also typically equipped with an automatic cutoff feature, which shuts them down if a certain temperature is exceeded. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2022 Elsewhere in the complex, Sarah Walters, 41, arrived in flip-flops and cutoff shorts to assess the damage to her mother’s house. BostonGlobe.com, 30 Sep. 2022 Applications are accepted throughout the year; the cutoff period for each cycle will be a month before a cycle to allow enough time to produce the banners. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Sep. 2022
Verb
People have been grieving and cut off from the social connections that nourish them. Byalexa Mikhail, Fortune, 23 Nov. 2022 Trim the leaves and cut off the stem of the cauliflower, but leave the head whole. Anna Luisa Rodriguez, Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2022 Iger’s return also comes as legacy media companies contend with a rapidly shifting landscape, as ad dollars dry up and consumers increasingly cut off their cable subscriptions in favor of streaming. Alex Sherman, NBC News, 21 Nov. 2022 In 1583, Newfoundland became England's first possession in North America and the establishment of fishing operations on the outer coastline of the island cut off access to traditional food sources for the indigenous population. Hadani Ditmars, CNN, 15 Nov. 2022 In response, China’s military launched missile tests, warships and planes around Taiwan for several days, imposed sanctions on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and cut off all communication with the U.S. Amy Hubbard, Los Angeles Times, 14 Nov. 2022 The future of the Senate remained a tossup as votes were counted; potential Democratic losses there could limit or even cut off Biden’s ability to confirm new judges and other administration officials. Chris Megerian, Zeke Miller And Hannah Fingerhut, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Nov. 2022 The future of the Senate remained a tossup as votes were counted; potential Democratic losses there could limit or even cut off Biden’s ability to confirm new judges and other administration officials. Chris Megerian, Chicago Tribune, 9 Nov. 2022 When Cung Biak Hum, a 31-year-old pastor, rushed to try to extinguish the fires, junta soldiers gunned him down and then cut off his ring finger. Time, 9 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1741, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1565, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cutoff was in 1565

Dictionary Entries Near cutoff

Cite this Entry

“Cutoff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cutoff. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

cutoff 1 of 2

noun

cut·​off ˈkət-ˌȯf How to pronounce cutoff (audio)
1
a
: the action of cutting off
b
: the point or date that cutting off occurs
2
: a device for cutting off
3
plural : shorts made from jeans with the legs cut off short
cutoff adjective

cut off

2 of 2

verb

ˌkət-ˈȯf
1
: to stop the flow or movement of
cut off a supply
2
: isolate
cut off from the world
3
: discontinue sense 2
they cut off relations with us
4
: to stop from talking
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