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cut·​back ˈkət-ˌbak How to pronounce cutback (audio)
: something cut back
: reduction
a cutback in funding

cut back

2 of 2


cut back; cutting back; cuts back

transitive verb

: to shorten by cutting : prune

intransitive verb

: to interrupt the sequence of a plot (as of a movie) by introducing events prior to those last presented
: cut down
cut back on sugar

Examples of cutback in a Sentence

Verb we need to cut back the bushes a bit so that the house number is visible from the street cut back the meeting so everyone could leave early for the long weekend
Recent Examples on the Web
Walmart cashed in last year on customers trying to stretch their budgets, reporting strong third-quarter gains in November, but is still cautious of spending cutbacks. Sasha Rogelberg, Fortune, 16 Feb. 2024 Super Micro Computer is in expansion mode and appears to be steering against the tide of tech industry cutbacks and retrenchments in the Bay Area. George Avalos, The Mercury News, 12 Feb. 2024 The company notified the state Department of Labor on Friday of the cutbacks. Lorraine Mirabella, Baltimore Sun, 31 Jan. 2024 The cutback resulted in a 50 percent drop in cruise ship traffic, an outcome the anti-cruise ship activists saw as positive but which tourism business owners described as a substantial blow. Frances Robles, New York Times, 25 Nov. 2023 The bloc also rapidly built up its wind and solar capacity to offset cutbacks in Russian gas imports. Chico Harlan, Washington Post, 6 Feb. 2024 The unions are also looking to stave off any cutbacks in health coverage. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 31 Jan. 2024 Tech companies have disclosed plans to slash more than 1,000 additional jobs in the Bay Area, cutbacks that suggest the high-tech sector in the region is off to an ominous start in 2024, official state notices show. George Avalos, The Mercury News, 25 Jan. 2024 While both men expanded staff and invested in journalism since those purchases, the news organizations continued to suffer from declining revenue and have announced cutbacks during the past year. Lorraine Mirabella, Baltimore Sun, 15 Jan. 2024
Excessively long and heavy branches can also be cut back by 1/3. Propagating Fig Trees The easiest way to propagate fig trees is through cuttings. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 19 Feb. 2024 With the six-month inventory based on the good times, homebuilding must be cut back, perhaps sharply. John S. Tobey, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 But the slowdown in spending in January was widespread as shoppers cut back their spending in nine of 13 categories. Anne D'innocenzio, Fortune, 15 Feb. 2024 Unfortunately, cooking a gnarly looking potato doesn’t cut back on its potential toxins. Korin Miller, SELF, 13 Feb. 2024 Italian Gen Zers are leading that temperance movement, with seven in 10 young people there choosing to cut back on alcohol spending last year. Byryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 12 Feb. 2024 From cutting back on paper goods to sourcing locally, see a few easy ways to make your wedding an eco-friendly event. Shelby Wax, Vogue, 7 Feb. 2024 But growing concerns about companies cutting back on spending in an uncertain economy have raised doubts about those forecasts. Damian J. Troise, Quartz, 7 Feb. 2024 The strong results reflect a healthy rebound in digital advertising after a downturn in 2022 that led Meta to cut back its workforce. Todd Spangler, Variety, 1 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1897, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1871, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of cutback was in 1871

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Cite this Entry

“Cutback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
cut·​back ˈkət-ˌbak How to pronounce cutback (audio)
: an act or instance of cutting something back

cut back

2 of 2 verb
: to reduce something in amount
cut back on smoking
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