cut·​off | \ ˈkət-ˌȯf How to pronounce cutoff (audio) \

Definition of cutoff

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act or action of cutting off
2a : 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
4a : 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b cutoffs plural : shorts originally made from jeans with the legs cut off at the knees or higher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

cut off

cut off; cutting off; cuts off

Definition of cut off (Entry 2 of 2)

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
6a : disinherit threatened to cut him off without a penny
b : to refuse to serve (someone) more alcohol The bartender cut them off.
7a : 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

Other Words from cutoff


cutoff adjective

Examples of cutoff in a Sentence

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 My pair is the basic V4 blue steel with a cutoff hem. Adrienne So, Wired, 31 July 2022 Russia is well aware of the European Union’s campaign to store enough gas to fend off a cutoff this winter and wants to impede it, analysts say, by causing pipeline flows to dwindle. New York Times, 30 July 2022 Automobile aficionados will find vintage tools large and small such as a hydraulic pipe bender, an English wheel, drill presses, electric cutoff and multiple rolling toolboxes. San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 July 2022 That suggests that the light cutoff generated by hydrogen is near the edge of the filter's range. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 26 July 2022 Even without a total cutoff, Russia has steadily dialed back gas flows, with EU leaders accusing the Kremlin of using gas to pressure countries over sanctions and support for Ukraine. David Mchugh, ajc, 21 July 2022 But the back-of-the-pack finishers trying to make the 48-hour cutoff will return a full day later after seeing the sun rise for a third time. Brian Metzler, Outside Online, 15 July 2022 Kaushal Ramesh of consulting firm Rystad Energy estimates that a complete cutoff could send European benchmark prices above $100 a MMBtu. Rochelle Toplensky, WSJ, 14 July 2022 Mckenzie’s parental rights were terminated in September 2021, under California law a near-irrevocable cutoff that ended her contact with Ann. Gale Hollandstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 13 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With a war raging outside its walls, experts have warned about the possibility of electrical supply being cut off, which would make coolant systems at the plant inoperable. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 8 Aug. 2022 But also, this is a very nice pass in the short roll to find Cockburn down low, despite being cut off on his way to the rim. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 July 2022 But with Ukraine cut off, Morocco has had to turn elsewhere. Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, 5 July 2022 South Africa’s trade minister, Ebrahim Patel, said the deal would help African countries build up capacities to manufacture vaccines on the continent and prevent them from being cut off from supplies in future health crises. Yuka Hayashi, WSJ, 17 June 2022 Chagossians use a word with the Kreol spelling dérasiné to describe the experience of being cut off from the past. Cullen Murphy, The Atlantic, 15 June 2022 Russia offers China cheaper barrels, a higher grade of oil and none of the secondary US sanctions that put non-US entities that deal with Iran at risk of being cut off from the US market, experts say. Nadeen Ebrahim, CNN, 27 May 2022 Depp had previously testified about his finger having been cut off and about using his blood and paint to write messages on the walls of one of the couple's homes. Wilson Wong, NBC News, 6 May 2022 This emergency action would hold Lake Powell at a level that allows its turbines to generate power and keep the water on for the 7,500 residents of Page, Arizona, who are at risk of being cut off. Nick Bowlin, Outside Online, 4 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of cutoff


1741, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1565, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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8 Aug 2022

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“Cutoff.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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