cut·​back | \ ˈkət-ˌbak How to pronounce cutback (audio) \

Definition of cutback

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something cut back
2 : reduction a cutback in funding

cut back

cut back; cutting back; cuts back

Definition of cut back (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to shorten by cutting : prune

intransitive verb

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

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Synonyms: Verb

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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: Noun At the crux of the protocols is a cutback on where personnel can go. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, "DoorDash and Shake Shack: Stuck in hotels, Wild players find lots of time to bond," 19 Jan. 2021 Perhaps a cutback to 5 ½-6 furlongs next out would be better. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: New leader in Kentucky Derby rankings," 12 Mar. 2021 The German side extended its advantage in the first-half when Haaland tapped into the net after a cutback from captain Marco Reus. Ben Church, CNN, "Erling Haaland breaks multiple records as his goal-scoring streak continues in the Champions League," 10 Mar. 2021 After Jefferson drew an offside penalty for lining up too far forward, Cousins hit Tyler Conklin for a 10-yard first down, and Cook picked up a first down with a cutback after the Jaguars created a pile at the line of scrimmage. Ben Goessling, Star Tribune, "Vikings beat Jacksonville and somehow, someway are now in the NFC playoffs fray," 6 Dec. 2020 Chubb’s cutback in front of Schobert was the Browns chasing their first playoff berth since 2002. Scott Patsko, cleveland, "What happened between the Browns and Jaguars in Week 12: Spoiler Alert," 28 Nov. 2020 Michael Carter showed really nice initial quickness and some nifty cutback moves after getting to the second level on several runs. Jim Mcbride,, "NFL hopefuls begin making their impressions at the Senior Bowl," 26 Jan. 2021 Sparks said the cutback will not affect employment at the South Side factory. Diego Mendoza-moyers,, "Toyota slows Tundra production in San Antonio amid semiconductor shortage," 11 Jan. 2021 Swift did have a nice cutback on Jamel Dean on a 14-yard run. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Grading Detroit Lions' loss to Bucs: Secondary gets worse than an F," 26 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Tracking spending will provide insight into each person's spending habits and can also help identify areas to cut back on, if necessary. Kathryn Vasel, CNN, "4 tips for couples looking to mange their finances together," 5 Apr. 2021 With demand rebounding, all those vessels came back into the market at the same time that big exporters like Saudi Arabia voluntarily cut back their exports to stabilize the market. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Not-So Supertankers Deserve a Look as Pandemic Fades," 15 Mar. 2021 Businesses such as Kearsley are often hit hard during economic downturns, as luxury items are usually the first thing that customers cut back on as their budgets tighten. David Hogberg, Washington Examiner, "Owner of luxury linen company Kearsley knows how to survive tough times," 25 Feb. 2021 The Friday and Saturday night concerts are the kickoff to a season that has been cut back to nine classical performances because of the pandemic. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio Symphony returns to the stage Friday after almost a year off because of coronavirus pandemic," 2 Feb. 2021 At some point, theaters are expected to rebound, and with them, the traditional studios, which can then cut back into Netflix’s cultural market share. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "Netflix will release a new movie every week in 2021," 12 Jan. 2021 Group items in the same box to cut back on package waste Boxes for online shopping account for mountains of cardboard and plastic packaging each year and require more than one billion trees. London Gibson, The Indianapolis Star, "7 tips for sustainable gift giving during the most wonderful (and wasteful) time of year," 22 Dec. 2020 Nearly 1m families were on the waiting list for Bolsa Família, a conditional cash-transfer programme that the government had cut back after a recession in 2014-16. The Economist, "Awaiting their fate Brazil faces hard spending choices in 2021," 16 Dec. 2020 And retailers can ill-afford to lose business at a time when many people have already cut back on their spending. Arkansas Online, "Retailers urge shoppers to buy early amid shipping crunch," 11 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of cutback


1897, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1871, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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16 Apr 2021

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“Cutback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cutback

: the act of reducing the number or amount of something

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