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

Synonyms for cutback

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 Those reservoirs in turn have shrunken to less than a quarter and a third of their respective capacities, leading federal water managers to call for an emergency cutback in releases to preserve hydropower-generating capacity at Glen Canyon Dam. Brandon Loomis, The Arizona Republic, 18 Apr. 2022 Even a cutback on TV-show spending would still mean plenty of new shows each year from the company, possibly with a little more emphasis on quality over quantity. David Sims, The Atlantic, 26 Apr. 2022 Officials hoped the severity of the surge would be blunted by rising vaccinations, but the cutback in indoor capacity restrictions and other mitigation measures made predictions difficult. Nigel Chiwaya, NBC News, 7 Apr. 2022 Fox News launched it initially as a fill-in for the departure of the controversial Glenn Beck, whose program had come to an end amid a cutback in sponsorship. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 29 Mar. 2022 Bennett was 17-for-26 passing for 224 yards and two touchdowns and Bulldogs ran for 140 years – 67 of those on a cutback run by James Cook in the third quarter that led to the Georgia taking a 13-9 lead on a 1-yard run by Zamir White. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 12 Jan. 2022 Gibson carried the load with his cutback runs on stretch plays. Tom Canavan,, 9 Jan. 2022 In the first half, the Ravens were strong up front, especially tackles Calais Campbell, Brandon Williams and Justin Madubuike, but some of those cutback runs were devastating, especially late in the game. Mike Preston,, 24 Oct. 2021 Her training plan, while rigorous, also incorporates cutback weeks. Amanda Loudin, Outside Online, 26 Feb. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In addition to ensuring there are enough riders, cities can drive sustainability and cut back on greenhouse gas emissions by optimizing fleets and routes. Miroslav Katsarov, Forbes, 16 June 2022 Almost 1,000 Western businesses have pledged to exit or cut back operations in Russia, following its invasion of Ukraine, according to Yale researchers. Jean Eaglesham, WSJ, 10 June 2022 Austin Jackson did a hell of a job opening up a running lane on one of Ahmed’s cut back runs, which went for 20-ish yards. Omar Kelly, Sun Sentinel, 17 May 2022 Project Say Something held as many as 175 demonstrations at the monument in 2020 but cut back the following year because the city used its noise and parade permit ordinances to discourage them, the lawsuit said. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 22 Apr. 2022 Ford this week was forced to suspend or cut back production at eight North American assembly plants because of a lack of chips. Paul A. Eisenstein, NBC News, 10 Feb. 2022 Retailers have had to cut back hours or services even as demand for goods has surged. Washington Post, 18 Dec. 2021 Nearly one in five therapists surveyed reported having had to cut back hours because of home and life demands during the pandemic. Tara Parker-pope, Christina Caron And Mónica Cordero Sancho, New York Times, 17 Dec. 2021 Grocery chain Harris Teeter cut back the hours of operation for its stores nationwide in September to alleviate staffing shortages and many local stores and restaurants across the U.S. are in similar straits. Megan Leonhardt, Fortune, 12 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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3 Jun 2022

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“Cutback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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