cutback

noun
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

verb
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 for cutback

Synonyms: Verb

bob, clip, crop, cut, dock, lop (off), nip, pare, poll, prune, shave, shear, snip, trim

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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

Puerto Rico is struggling to restructure part of its $70 billion in debt under federal supervision and deal with a 13-year recession through school closings, cutbacks in infrastructure maintenance and other austerity measures. Danica Coto, chicagotribune.com, "Tens of thousands march to demand resignation of Puerto Rico governor," 22 July 2019 Puerto Rico is struggling to restructure part of its $70 billion in debt under federal supervision and deal with a 13-year recession through school closings, cutbacks in infrastructure maintenance and other austerity measures. Dánica Coto, Twin Cities, "Tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans jam island highway to demand governor resign," 22 July 2019 Her grandmother, a retired teacher, is anguished over the possibility of losing her pension in future rounds of cutbacks. Michael Weissenstein, BostonGlobe.com, "Fed-up Puerto Ricans march demanding governor resign," 18 July 2019 Her grandmother, a retired teacher, is anguished over the possibility of losing her pension in future rounds of cutbacks. Michael Weissenstein, USA TODAY, "Thousands of Puerto Ricans march in in San Juan, demanding Gov. Ricardo Rosselló resign," 18 July 2019 But the broader anger stemmed from years of mismanagement, corruption and cutbacks, including the closing of hundreds of schools, as well as the halting recovery from the hurricane. Michael Deibert, BostonGlobe.com, "Puerto Rico’s governor poised to resign amid ongoing protests," 24 July 2019 Her grandmother, a retired teacher, is anguished over the possibility of losing her pension in future rounds of cutbacks. CBS News, "Thousands call on Puerto Rico's governor to resign in massive protest," 17 July 2019 Food is the priority Solutions include quieting vessel noise, fishing cutbacks, restraint on development in what habitat remains for salmon, and more money to fix what is destroyed. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Will we now commit to saving the Northwest’s orcas? A task force meets Tuesday," 7 Aug. 2018 The last 12 months included wrenching cutbacks, countless public apologies, last-ditch rescues and a dramatic deathbed decision that could prove the organization’s deliverance. oregonlive.com, "After a year of close calls, last-minute bailouts, Special Olympics of Oregon survives financial crisis," 7 July 2019

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Universal, which had already cut back its deal with Imagine, grew increasingly impatient. Brooks Barnes, New York Times, "Ron Howard and Brian Grazer Want to Be the Center of the Streaming Era," 1 Aug. 2019 Since an emergency manager cut back the school’s programs to cut costs six years ago, enrollment has declined from 196 to 168, according to state data. Imani Harris, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit district takes steps to move Davis Aerospace classes back to City Airport," 1 Aug. 2019 Barely a year and a half after the historic cut in corporate taxes, at least some businesses appear to be cutting back on their capital spending rather than increasing it. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "A Decline in Capital Investment Reveals the False Promise of Trump’s Tax Bill," 30 July 2019 Once the baskets are cut back, give the plants a shot of water-soluble fertilizer. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Common problems challenge gardeners," 25 July 2019 Perennials will revive if they are cut back and given a boost of fertilizer. Karen Dardick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Summer blooms that can take the heat," 18 July 2019 For Jordan, who recently moved back to the US for a classroom teaching job and has cut back on her hours with VIPKid, any of those proactive tactics might have been useful. Emily Tate, WIRED, "When an Online Teaching Job Becomes a Window into Child Abuse," 17 July 2019 The bill largely preserves a deduction that makes the first $250,000 of income for LLCs and other business entities free from state taxes, after earlier versions of the budget sought to roll the tax-cut back. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland.com, "Weeks into ‘extra innings,’ Ohio lawmakers approve state budget," 17 July 2019 During his first six months in office, Lamont has held only two State Bond Commission meetings - cutting back the overall bonding that had been approved during the previous eight years under Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Christopher Keating, courant.com, "State legislature expected to return July 22 to vote on construction money for towns and cities," 6 July 2019

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First Known Use of cutback

Noun

1897, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1871, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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cutback

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cutback

: the act of reducing the number or amount of something

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