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

The slump has prompted companies to slash over 330,000 jobs through the closing of car dealerships and cutbacks at component manufacturers, Mathur said, citing data from industry associations that govern those two sectors. Rishi Iyengar, CNN, "India's car market just had its worst month in 18 years. 1 million jobs are at risk," 13 Aug. 2019 The Hezbollah official insisted that the cutbacks have had no impact on the group’s standing in the Middle East or its military preparedness. Suzan Haidamous, The Seattle Times, "Trump’s sanctions on Iran are hitting Hezbollah hard," 18 May 2019 Black workers have been harder hit by public-sector cutbacks, said Darrick Hamilton, a professor of economics and urban policy at the New School. Richard Morgan, New York Times, "A Revival of Black Business, and Pride, in Brooklyn," 17 June 2018 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

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Others point to a move by the EU in 2017 to cut back the number of emissions credits handed out. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, "Hedge funds are making millions off Europe's killer heat waves," 20 Aug. 2019 Recently, major brands like PepsiCo, Unilever, and Nestlé have started rolling out reusable, refillable glass and steel containers for some of their products in an effort to cut back on single-use plastics. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Is It Possible to Live Trash-Free?," 30 July 2019 The trucks are used in the Alpha Project’s Take Back the Streets employment program that puts homeless people to work clearing open spaces of debris, cutting back brush for fire-prevention and other jobs. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, "La Jolla gala to help homeless, others in need," 27 June 2019 By cutting back and forth between them and the port at La Rochelle, this new version of Das Boot asks us to put their mission into context. Adrian Daub, The New Republic, "Hulu’s Das Boot Gets Lost at Sea," 19 June 2019 The fires have prompted a widespread backlash against Brazil and its far-right president, who has cut back on protection of wild lands and wants to open more rainforest to farming and ranching. Richard Pérez-peña, BostonGlobe.com, "Amazon fires prompt alarm in Europe, and anger at Brazil’s government," 23 Aug. 2019 Unlike several houses who have cut back to only showing twice a year, Fabiana Filippi still presents each season. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "Italian Fashion House Fabiana Filippi is Not Interested in Trends," 13 Aug. 2019 There is evidence that cutting back on such services might yield health benefits. The Economist, "America’s social-media addiction is getting worse," 8 Aug. 2019 How to cut back on nonessential spending It’s often suggested that skipping that daily latte is an easy way to get your budget back on track. NBC News, "In credit card debt? Forget skipping lattes and focus on these areas of spending instead," 30 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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