cut

verb
\ ˈkət How to pronounce cut (audio) \
cut; cutting

Definition of cut

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to penetrate with or as if with an edged instrument cut one's hand with a knife
b : to hurt the feelings of Her sarcasm cut him to the quick.
c : to strike sharply with a cutting effect cut him across the legs with a whip
d : to strike (a ball) with a glancing blow that imparts a reverse spin cut a tennis ball with an inclined racket
e : to experience the growth of (a tooth) through the gum The toddler is cutting a tooth.
f : to harm (oneself) by making cuts or scratches on one's body The reasons given for self-inflicted violence indicate that it is a way of relieving intolerable feelings. When cutting themselves, women (and sometimes men) report that they do not feel any pain.— Deborah Feller
2a : trim, pare cut one's nails
b : to shorten by omissions cut the manuscript
c : dilute, adulterate cut the whiskey with water
d : to reduce in amount cut costs
e : to remove (something, such as text or a picture) from a computer document and place it on the clipboard so that it can be pasted into another position, document, or program
3a : mow, reap cut hay
b(1) : to divide into parts with an edged tool cut bread
(2) : fell, hew cut timber
c(1) : to separate or discharge from an organization cut them from the team
(2) : to single out and isolate cut a calf out from the herd
d : to turn sharply The driver cut the steering wheel hard.
e : to go or pass around or about : bypass cut the checkout line
4a : to divide into segments cut the cake
b : intersect, cross one line cutting another
c : break, interrupt cut our supply lines
d(1) : to divide (a deck of cards) into two portions
(2) : to draw (a card) from the deck
e : to divide into shares : split
f : analyze, break down Any way you cut it, we won.
5a : to make by or as if by cutting: such as
(1) : carve cut stone
(2) : to shape by grinding cut a diamond
(3) : engrave
(4) : to shear or hollow out cut a groove
b(1) : to sing, play, or act for the recording of cut an album cut a commercial
(2) : to sing or play (a song, a track, etc.) for a studio recording
c : to type on a stencil
d : edit sense 1b cut a motion picture
6a : stop, cease cut the nonsense
b : to refuse to recognize (an acquaintance) They cut her dead at the party.
c : to absent oneself from (something, such as a class)
d : to stop (a motor) by opening a switch
e : to stop the filming of (a motion-picture scene)
7a : to engage in (a frolicsome or mischievous action) … on summer nights strange capers are cut under the thin guise of a Christian festival.— Donald Culross Peattie
b : to give the appearance or impression of cut a fine figure
8 : to be able to manage or handle usually used in negative constructions can't cut that kind of work anymore
9a : to yield or accord to another : give cut me some slack
b : to fill out and sign (a check)

intransitive verb

1a : to function as or as if as an edged tool This knife cuts well.
b : to undergo incision or severance The cheese cuts easily.
c : to perform the operation of dividing, severing, incising, or intersecting The tailor is busy cutting.
d : to make a stroke with a whip, sword, or other weapon
e : to wound feelings or sensibilities remarks that cut
f : to cause constriction or chafing a coat that cuts at the armpits
g : to be of effect, influence, or significance an analysis that cuts deep
2a(1) : to divide a pack of cards especially in order to decide the deal or settle a bet
(2) : to draw a card from the pack
b : to divide spoils : split
3a : to proceed obliquely (see oblique entry 1 sense 1) from a straight course cut across the yard
b : to move swiftly a yacht cutting through the water
c : to describe an oblique or diagonal line
d : to change sharply in direction : swerve The driver cut across three lanes of traffic.
e : to make an abrupt transition from one sound or image to another in motion pictures, radio, or television The film cuts from the ballroom to the garden.
f : to make a sudden transition or imaginative leap The story cuts to 1917.
4 : to stop photographing motion pictures The director yelled "Cut!"
5 : to advance by skipping or bypassing another cut to the front of the line
6 : to engage in self-harm by making cuts or scratches on one's body middle school students reporting they knew of several classmates who cut
cut a deal
: to negotiate an agreement The band cut a deal with the recording company.
cut both ways
: to have both favorable and unfavorable results or implications
cut corners
: to perform some action in the quickest, easiest, or cheapest way
cut ice
: to be of importance usually used in negative constructions His opinion cuts no ice with me.
cut it
: to cut the mustard
cut loose
1 : to free from control or restraint cut us loose from the contract
2 : to act without restraint enjoyed cutting loose at nightclubs
cut one's teeth
: to learn, do, or perform as a beginning or at the start of one's career an actress who cut her teeth on television
cut the mustard
: to achieve the standard of performance necessary for success She tried to join the soccer team, but she couldn't cut the mustard.
cut to the chase
: to get to the point She urged him to skip the details and cut to the chase.

cut

noun

Definition of cut (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a product of cutting: such as
a(1) : an opening made with an edged instrument
(2) : a wound made by something sharp : gash
b : a creek, channel, or inlet made by excavation or worn by natural action
c : a surface or outline left by cutting
d : a passage cut as a roadway
e : a grade or step especially in a social scale a cut above the ordinary
f : a subset of a set such that when it is subtracted from the set the remainder is not connected
g : a pictorial illustration
2 : the act or an instance of cutting: such as
a : a gesture or expression that hurts the feelings made an unkind cut
b : a straight passage or course
c : a stroke or blow with the edge of a knife or other edged tool
d : a lash with or as if with a whip
e : the act of reducing or removing a part a cut in pay
f : an act or turn of cutting cards also : the result of cutting
g : the elimination of part of a large field from further participation, consideration, or competition (as in a golf tournament) often used with miss or make to denote respectively being or not being among those eliminated played well and made the cut
3 : something that is cut or cut off: such as
a : a length of cloth varying from 40 to 100 yards (36.6 to 91.4 meters)
b : the yield of products cut especially during one harvest
c : a segment or section of a meat carcass or a part of one
d : a group of animals selected from a herd
e : share took his cut of the profits
4 : a voluntary absence from a class
5a : a stroke that cuts a ball also : the spin imparted by such a stroke
b : a swing by a batter at a pitched baseball
c : an exchange of captures in checkers
6 : a result of editing: such as
a : an abrupt transition from one sound or image to another in motion pictures, radio, or television
b : an edited version of a film
7a : the shape and style in which a thing is cut, formed, or made clothes of the latest cut
b : pattern, type
c : haircut
cut of one's jib

cut

adjective

Definition of cut (Entry 3 of 3)

: marked by a well-developed and highly defined musculature cut abs

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Synonyms for cut

Synonyms: Verb

gash, incise, rip, shear, slash, slice, slit

Synonyms: Noun

cutting, slice

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Examples of cut in a Sentence

Verb

cutting a piece of string He uses the ax to cut wood. The meat is so tender you can cut it with a fork. Cut along the dotted line. The saw easily cuts through metal. She cut into the melon with a knife. I cut myself while shaving. I had a cut finger. We were fighting, and he tried to cut me with his knife. Pieces of broken glass cut her face and arms.

Noun

Make a few small cuts in the crust to let the air escape. a two-inch cut in the cloth He came home covered in cuts and bruises. Further cuts in spending are needed. You'll have to make a few cuts in your manuscript if you want us to publish it.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The judge cut him off and the sentencing concluded. oregonlive, "Larry Hurwitz, the ‘Starry Night Murder,’ and a life of crime: Reporter Jim Redden on his years tracking a killer," 17 Sep. 2019 Starting in the 1850s, loggers began cutting them down. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Biggest private sequoia grove to be preserved in deal with Redwoods League," 17 Sep. 2019 To search for commonalities between these viruses, the researchers used cutting-edge gene-editing technology to inactivate single genes from human cells grown in a lab dish. Simon Makin, Scientific American, "A Newly Identified Protein May Be the Key to Vanquishing the Common Cold," 17 Sep. 2019 In short order, Mr. Liberman was complaining that Mr. Netanyahu was slighting him, shrinking his budgets and cutting him out of weighty foreign-policy matters and diplomatic appointments. New York Times, "Israel Election Could Turn on Ugly Breakup of an Odd Couple," 16 Sep. 2019 Teri Mittelstadt and her husband John sell a travel pillow that looks like a plush sash or baby sling, starting at your head and cutting across your body. Karen Heller, The Know, "We need the travel pillow. But we hate the travel pillow.," 15 Sep. 2019 Two studies of mid-century entertainers who eventually succumbed to personal demons, the pressures of stardom and the demands of others didn't quite cut it. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: Lots of Good, But Not Great, at Fall Film Festivals This Year," 14 Sep. 2019 That sort of complacence doesn't cut it with consumers in China, where the big three telecom providers are expected to roll out 5G networks in most major cities by the end of this year. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Why Apple’s Sinking in the World’s Biggest Mobile Market—Data Sheet," 13 Sep. 2019 Boyles hit Cole Koffler for a 29-yard touchdown pass that cut the deficit to 17-10 with 6:56 left in the third quarter. Daily Pilot, "Edison football comes back from 17-point deficit to beat San Juan Hills," 13 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Burillo’s older son had cuts to his leg and was transported to a hospital. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Mexican tycoon arrested when boat kills son by San Francisco," 17 Sep. 2019 Burillo's older son was transported to an area hospital with cuts on his leg. Fox News, "Father arrested after son dies in fatal fall from boat in California waters," 17 Sep. 2019 Food-stamp cuts Spending on food stamps has also dropped dramatically, although that's partly due to an improving economy that's lifting household income. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Why the U.S. may soon spend more on its debt than on kids," 17 Sep. 2019 Given our climate emergency, meeting these criteria seemed to us to be a reasonable cut score. Bill Bigelow, Teen Vogue, "Textbooks Are Lying To Students About Climate Change," 16 Sep. 2019 Burillo’s 27-year-old son luckily survived the incident but suffered cuts to his leg and was transported to Marin General Hospital, according to the outlet. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "Tycoon Arrested After Both His Sons Are Thrown Off His Boat, Tragically Killing His 11-Year-Old," 16 Sep. 2019 This is because they are faced with budget cuts and unrealistic expectations of providing patient care with half the staff. cleveland.com, "Dear Annie: Overworked nurses need a break, and our understanding," 16 Sep. 2019 This rotating wand cuts styling time in half by basically curling your hair for you. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Monday," 16 Sep. 2019 He was waived in roster cut-downs Aug. 31 and signed with the Jaguars practice squad. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "Raiders’ Keelan Doss set to make NFL debut vs. Chiefs," 15 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of cut

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1990, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cut

Verb, Noun, and Adjective

Middle English cutten

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cut

verb

English Language Learners Definition of cut

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to use a sharp tool (such as a knife) to open or divide (something, such as paper or wood)
: to make a hole or wound in (a person's skin)
: to make (a hole) in something by using a sharp tool

cut

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cut (Entry 2 of 2)

: an opening or hole made with a sharp tool (such as a knife)
: a wound on a person's body that is made by something sharp
: an act of making something smaller in amount

cut

verb
\ ˈkət How to pronounce cut (audio) \
cut; cutting

Kids Definition of cut

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to penetrate or divide with or as if with an edged tool : cleave cut a finger
2 : to undergo shaping or penetrating with an edged tool Cheese cuts easily.
3 : to divide into two or more parts cut a deck of cards Would you cut the cake?
4 : to shorten or remove with scissors, a knife, or clippers
5 : to go by a short or direct path or course We cut across the lawn.
6 : to destroy the connection of Soldiers cut electricity to the enemy.
7 : to intentionally not attend He developed a habit of cutting class.
8 : to move quickly or suddenly The driver cut across two lanes of traffic.
9 : to make less cut costs
10 : to experience the growth of through the gum The baby is cutting teeth.
11 : to stop or cause to stop Cut the motor. Cut that whispering.
12 : to cause painful feelings That remark really cut.
13 : to shape by carving or grinding cut a gem
cut back
1 : to use less or do less of I cut back on watching TV.
2 : to reduce the size or amount of You'll have to cut back on your vacation plans.
cut down
1 : to knock down and wound or kill
2 : to reduce the size or amount of The new route cuts down on travel time.
3 to use less or do less of I'm cutting down on sweets.
cut in cut into
: to reduce the amount of The increase in supply costs cut into their profit.
cut off
1 : isolate The flood cut us off from the rest of the city.
2 : discontinue His father threatened to cut off his allowance.
3 : to stop or interrupt while speaking She always cuts me off while I'm talking.
cut out
1 : to form by removing with scissors, a knife, or a saw
2 : to assign through necessity You've got your work cut out for you.
3 : to put an end to Cut out that nonsense!

cut

noun

Kids Definition of cut (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something (as a gash or wound) produced by a sharp object
2 : reduction sense 1 He took a cut in pay.
3 : something resulting from shortening, division, or removal a cut of beef
4 : share entry 1 sense 1 They took their cut of the winnings.
5 : a sharp stroke or blow
6 : the way in which a thing is styled, formed, or made the cut of the pants
7 : something done or said that hurts someone's feelings

cut

verb
\ ˈkət How to pronounce cut (audio) \
cut; cutting

Medical Definition of cut

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to penetrate with or as if with an edged instrument
b : to cut or operate on in surgery: as
(1) : to subject (a domestic animal) to castration
(2) : to perform lithotomy on
c : to experience the emergence of (a tooth) through the gum
2 : to subject to trimming or paring cut one's nails

intransitive verb

1 : to function as or in the manner of an edged tool a knife that cuts well
2 : to cut in surgery : operate

cut

noun

Medical Definition of cut (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a product of cutting: as
a : an opening made with an edged instrument
b : a wound made by something sharp
2 : a stroke or blow with the edge of a sharp implement (as a knife)

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