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cut

verb \ ˈkət \

Definition of cut

cut; cutting
transitive verb
1 a :to penetrate with or as if with an edged instrument
  • cut one's hand with a knife
b :to hurt the feelings of
  • Her sarcasm cut him to the quick.
c :to strike sharply with a cutting effect
  • cut him across the legs with a whip
d :to strike (a ball) with a glancing blow that imparts a reverse spin
  • cut a tennis ball with an inclined racket
e :to experience the growth of (a tooth) through the gum
  • The toddler is cutting a tooth.
2 a :trim, pare
  • cut one's nails
b :to shorten by omissions
  • cut the manuscript
c :dilute, adulterate
  • cut the whiskey with water
d :to reduce in amount
  • cut costs
e :to remove (something, such as text or a picture) from a computer document and place it on the clipboard so that it can be pasted into another position, document, or program
3 a :mow, reap
  • cut hay
b (1) :to divide into parts with an edged tool
  • cut bread
(2) :fell, hew
  • cut timber
c (1) :to separate or discharge from an organization
  • cut them from the team
(2) :to single out and isolate
  • cut a calf out from the herd
d :to turn sharply
  • The driver cut the steering wheel hard.
e :to go or pass around or about :bypass
  • cut the checkout line
4 a :to divide into segments
  • cut the cake
b :intersect, cross
  • one line cutting another
c :break, interrupt
  • cut our supply lines
d (1) :to divide (a deck of cards) into two portions
(2) :to draw (a card) from the deck
e :to divide into shares :split
f :analyze, break down
  • Any way you cut it, we won.
5 a :to make by or as if by cutting: such as
(1) :carve
  • cut stone
(2) :to shape by grinding
  • cut a diamond
(3) :engrave
(4) :to shear or hollow out
  • cut a groove
b (1) :to sing, play, or act for the recording of
  • cut an album
  • cut a commercial
(2) :to sing or play (a song, a track, etc.) for a studio recording
c :to type on a stencil
d :edit 1b
  • cut a motion picture
6 a :stop, cease
  • cut the nonsense
b :to refuse to recognize (an acquaintance)
  • They cut her dead at the party.
c :to absent oneself from (something, such as a class)
d :to stop (a motor) by opening a switch
e :to stop the filming of (a motion-picture scene)
7 a :to engage in (a frolicsome or mischievous action)
  • … on summer nights strange capers are cut under the thin guise of a Christian festival.
  • —Donald Culross Peattie
b :to give the appearance or impression of
  • cut a fine figure
8 :to be able to manage or handle usually used in negative constructions
  • can't cut that kind of work anymore
9 a :to yield or accord to another :give
  • cut me some slack
b :to fill out and sign (a check)
intransitive verb
1 a :to function as or as if as an edged tool
  • This knife cuts well.
b :to undergo incision or severance
  • The cheese cuts easily.
c :to perform the operation of dividing, severing, incising, or intersecting
  • The tailor is busy cutting.
d :to make a stroke with a whip, sword, or other weapon
e :to wound feelings or sensibilities
  • remarks that cut
f :to cause constriction or chafing
  • a coat that cuts at the armpits
g :to be of effect, influence, or significance
  • an analysis that cuts deep
2 a (1) :to divide a pack of cards especially in order to decide the deal or settle a bet
(2) :to draw a card from the pack
b :to divide spoils :split
3 a :to proceed obliquely (see 1oblique 1) from a straight course
  • cut across the yard
b :to move swiftly
  • a yacht cutting through the water
c :to describe an oblique or diagonal line
d :to change sharply in direction :swerve
  • The driver cut across three lanes of traffic.
e :to make an abrupt transition from one sound or image to another in motion pictures, radio, or television
  • The film cuts from the ballroom to the garden.
f :to make a sudden transition or imaginative leap
  • The story cuts to 1917.
4 :to stop photographing motion pictures
  • The director yelled "Cut!"
5 :to advance by skipping or bypassing another
  • cut to the front of the line
cut a deal
:to negotiate an agreement
  • The band cut a deal with the recording company.
cut both ways
:to have both favorable and unfavorable results or implications
cut corners
:to perform some action in the quickest, easiest, or cheapest way
cut ice
:to be of importance usually used in negative constructions
  • His opinion cuts no ice with me.
cut it
:to cut the mustard
cut loose
1 :to free from control or restraint
  • cut us loose from the contract
2 :to act without restraint
  • enjoyed cutting loose at nightclubs
cut one's teeth
:to learn, do, or perform as a beginning or at the start of one's career
  • an actress who cut her teeth on television
cut the mustard
:to achieve the standard of performance necessary for success
  • She tried to join the soccer team, but she couldn't cut the mustard.
cut to the chase
:to get to the point
  • She urged him to skip the details and cut to the chase.

Examples of cut in a Sentence

  1. cutting a piece of string

  2. He uses the ax to cut wood.

  3. The meat is so tender you can cut it with a fork.

  4. Cut along the dotted line.

  5. The saw easily cuts through metal.

  6. She cut into the melon with a knife.

  7. I cut myself while shaving.

  8. I had a cut finger.

  9. We were fighting, and he tried to cut me with his knife.

  10. Pieces of broken glass cut her face and arms.

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Origin and Etymology of cut

Middle English cutten


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cut

noun

Definition of cut

1 :a product of cutting: such as
a (1) :an opening made with an edged instrument
(2) :a wound made by something sharp :gash
b :a creek, channel, or inlet made by excavation or worn by natural action
c :a surface or outline left by cutting
d :a passage cut as a roadway
e :a grade or step especially in a social scale
  • a cut above the ordinary
f :a subset of a set such that when it is subtracted from the set the remainder is not connected
g :a pictorial illustration
h :track 2e(3)
2 :the act or an instance of cutting: such as
a :a gesture or expression that hurts the feelings
  • made an unkind cut
b :a straight passage or course
c :a stroke or blow with the edge of a knife or other edged tool
d :a lash with or as if with a whip
e :the act of reducing or removing a part
  • a cut in pay
f :an act or turn of cutting cards; also :the result of cutting
g :the elimination of part of a large field from further participation, consideration, or competition (as in a golf tournament) often used with miss or make to denote respectively being or not being among those eliminated
  • played well and made the cut
3 :something that is cut or cut off: such as
a :a length of cloth varying from 40 to 100 yards (36.6 to 91.4 meters)
b :the yield of products cut especially during one harvest
c :a segment or section of a meat carcass or a part of one
d :a group of animals selected from a herd
e :share
  • took his cut of the profits
4 :a voluntary absence from a class
5 a :a stroke that cuts a ball; also :the spin imparted by such a stroke
b :a swing by a batter at a pitched baseball
c :an exchange of captures in checkers
6 :a result of editing: such as
a :an abrupt transition from one sound or image to another in motion pictures, radio, or television
b :an edited version of a film
7 a :the shape and style in which a thing is cut, formed, or made
  • clothes of the latest cut
c :haircut
cut of one's jib

Examples of cut in a Sentence

  1. Make a few small cuts in the crust to let the air escape.

  2. a two-inch cut in the cloth

  3. He came home covered in cuts and bruises.

  4. Further cuts in spending are needed.

  5. You'll have to make a few cuts in your manuscript if you want us to publish it.

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Origin and Etymology of cut

see 1cut


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cut

adjective

Definition of cut

:marked by a well-developed and highly defined musculature
  • cut abs

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Origin and Etymology of cut

see 1cut


CUT Defined for English Language Learners

cut

verb

Definition of cut for English Language Learners

  • : to use a sharp tool (such as a knife) to open or divide (something, such as paper or wood)

  • : to make a hole or wound in (a person's skin)

  • : to make (a hole) in something by using a sharp tool


cut

noun

Definition of cut for English Language Learners

  • : an opening or hole made with a sharp tool (such as a knife)

  • : a wound on a person's body that is made by something sharp

  • : an act of making something smaller in amount


CUT Defined for Kids

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cut

verb \ ˈkət \

Definition of cut for Students

cut; cutting
1 :to penetrate or divide with or as if with an edged tool :cleave
  • cut a finger
2 :to undergo shaping or penetrating with an edged tool
  • Cheese cuts easily.
3 :to divide into two or more parts
  • cut a deck of cards
  • Would you cut the cake?
4 :to shorten or remove with scissors, a knife, or clippers
5 :to go by a short or direct path or course
  • We cut across the lawn.
6 :to destroy the connection of
  • Soldiers cut electricity to the enemy.
7 :to intentionally not attend
  • He developed a habit of cutting class.
8 :to move quickly or suddenly
  • The driver cut across two lanes of traffic.
9 :to make less
  • cut costs
10 :to experience the growth of through the gum
  • The baby is cutting teeth.
11 :to stop or cause to stop
  • Cut the motor.
  • Cut that whispering.
12 :to cause painful feelings
  • That remark really cut.
13 :to shape by carving or grinding
  • cut a gem
cut back
1 :to use less or do less of
  • I cut back on watching TV.
2 :to reduce the size or amount of
  • You'll have to cut back on your vacation plans.
cut down
1 :to knock down and wound or kill
2 :to reduce the size or amount of
  • The new route cuts down on travel time.
3 to use less or do less of
  • I'm cutting down on sweets.
cut in
cut into
:to reduce the amount of
  • The increase in supply costs cut into their profit.
cut off
1 :isolate
  • The flood cut us off from the rest of the city.
2 :discontinue
  • His father threatened to cut off his allowance.
3 :to stop or interrupt while speaking
  • She always cuts me off while I'm talking.
cut out
1 :to form by removing with scissors, a knife, or a saw
2 :to assign through necessity
  • You've got your work cut out for you.
3 :to put an end to
  • Cut out that nonsense!

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cut

noun

Definition of cut for Students

1 :something (as a gash or wound) produced by a sharp object
2 :reduction 1
  • He took a cut in pay.
3 :something resulting from shortening, division, or removal
  • a cut of beef
4 :1share 1
  • They took their cut of the winnings.
5 :a sharp stroke or blow
6 :the way in which a thing is styled, formed, or made
  • the cut of the pants
7 :something done or said that hurts someone's feelings

Medical Dictionary

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cut

verb \ ˈkət \

medical Definition of cut

cut; cutting
transitive verb
1 a :to penetrate with or as if with an edged instrument
b :to cut or operate on in surgery: as
(1) :to subject (a domestic animal) to castration
(2) :to perform lithotomy on
c :to experience the emergence of (a tooth) through the gum
2 :to subject to trimming or paring
  • cut one's nails
intransitive verb
1 :to function as or in the manner of an edged tool
  • a knife that cuts well
2 :to cut in surgery :operate

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cut

noun

medical Definition of cut

1 :a product of cutting: as
a :an opening made with an edged instrument
b :a wound made by something sharp
2 :a stroke or blow with the edge of a sharp implement (as a knife)


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