cut down

cut down; cutting down; cuts down

Definition of cut down

transitive verb

1a : to strike down and kill or incapacitate
2a : to remodel by removing extras or unwanted furnishings and fittings
b : to remake in a smaller size

intransitive verb

: to reduce or curtail volume or activity cut down on smoking
cut down to size
: to reduce from an inflated or exaggerated importance to true or suitable stature

Examples of cut down in a Sentence

we need to cut down that dying tree
Recent Examples on the Web While lifetime smokers who use e-cigarettes to quit worry such a ban would undermine their success at cutting down on cigarettes. Risa Robinson, The Conversation, "How a person vapes, not just what a person vapes, could also play a big role in vaping harm," 13 Sep. 2019 Louisville was fresh off a Final Four appearance and was more than eight months away from cutting down the nets in 2013. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "99º problems: Tuesday was the hottest day in Louisville since 2012," 11 Sep. 2019 The essays quickly went viral, and social media users everywhere have opened up about their own relationships with their children and cutting down their work schedules. Char Adams,, "Internet Reacts to Working Parents' 'Heartbreaking' Plea to Parents After Son's Sudden Death," 10 Sep. 2019 In recent decades, most new farmland has come from cutting down tropical rainforest. Mikaela Weisse, Twin Cities, "Mikaela Weisse: Five myths about tropical rainforests," 4 Sep. 2019 Some of the examples in the exhibition were designed to solve very specific problems, like cutting down on carbon dioxide and producing oxygen. Wendy Moonan, Smithsonian, "How Biology Inspires Future Technology," 27 Aug. 2019 Kenobi briefly mentors a young Luke Skywalker before being cut down by Darth Vader, his former pupil. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, "Ewan McGregor, 'The Mandalorian' Trailer Light Up D23," 23 Aug. 2019 Overall land emissions are increasing, especially because of cutting down forests in the Amazon in places such as Brazil, Colombia and Peru, Verchot said. CBS News, "Climate change is creating a hungrier, pricier future, UN warns," 8 Aug. 2019 Overall land emissions are increasing, especially because of cutting down forests in the Amazon in places such as Brazil, Colombia and Peru, Verchot said. Fox News, "UN climate report: Change land use to avoid a hungry future," 8 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of cut down

1571, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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25 Oct 2019

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“Cut down.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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cut·​down | \ ˈkət-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce cutdown (audio) \

Medical Definition of cutdown

: incision of a superficial blood vessel (as a vein) to facilitate insertion of a catheter (as for administration of fluids)

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