\ ˈkərb How to pronounce curb (audio) \
plural curbs

Definition of curb

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a or British kerb : an edging (as of concrete) built along a street to form part of a gutter They sat on the curb eating their ice cream. — see also kick to the curb
b [from the fact that it originally transacted its business on the street] : a market for trading in securities not listed on a stock exchange
c : a raised edge or margin to strengthen or confine
d : an enclosing frame, border, or edging
2a : check, restraint a price curb government policies that are designed to put a curb on spending
b : a bit that exerts severe pressure on a horse's jaws also : the chain or strap attached to it — see bit illustration


curbed; curbing; curbs

Definition of curb (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to furnish with a curb
2 : to check or control with or as if with a curb trying to curb her curiosity
3 : to lead (a dog) to a suitable place (such as a gutter) for defecation

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restrain, check, curb, bridle mean to hold back from or control in doing something. restrain suggests holding back by force or persuasion from acting or from going to extremes. restrained themselves from laughing check implies restraining or impeding a progress, activity, or impetus. trying to check government spending curb suggests an abrupt or drastic checking. learn to curb your appetite bridle implies keeping under control by subduing or holding in. bridle an impulse to throw the book down

Examples of curb in a Sentence

Noun We sat on the curb eating our ice cream. these international regulations act as a curb on the plundering of a nation's archaeological treasures Verb The legislation is intended to curb price and wage increases. pills designed to curb your appetite
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The video shows an item drop to the ground just in front of the curb. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 13 May 2022 Ash rained down on cars parked in driveways and on trash cans that had been left along the curb. Luke Money, Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2022 His Honda Pilot SUV traveled through the intersection and mounted the curb before hitting a SEPTA turnstile and the wall of the Kensington and Allegheny stations. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, 10 May 2022 The connector project, Cooper said, would involve a four-lane curb and gutter highway from I-759′s end at George Wallace Drive to U.S. 278. William Thornton |, al, 4 May 2022 Early one recent morning one of the investigators, Cameron Donnarumma, was slowly driving his patrol car along a residential street, following a stream of water running down the curb. New York Times, 3 May 2022 Rue Montmartre features almost a proper bike lane, separated from car traffic by a small curb. Bill Brown, Town & Country, 27 Apr. 2022 He can be seen sitting on the curb behind Frazier’s SUV just before the shooting, and the suspect walks in front of him seconds before killing Frazier. Henri Hollis, ajc, 21 Apr. 2022 One has a landscaped center median, the other has a wider curb on the east side. Steve Smith, Hartford Courant, 21 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Home prices in the United States are up nearly 20% year over year, but mortgage rates are also rising, which will eventually curb demand. David Goldman, CNN, 14 May 2022 That momentum is expected to continue as the Federal Reserve sets out on a course of raising rates to curb inflation, including a rare half-percentage-point rate increase earlier this month. Jennifer Williams-alvarez, WSJ, 11 May 2022 This problem has been accentuated by the mounting climate crisis: 20 years of drought have pinched the basin, while attempts to curb demand have largely failed. Nick Bowlin, Outside Online, 4 May 2022 The libertarian faction within the movement wants to curb the power of the administrative state that grew up in the New Deal, limiting the authority of regulatory agencies. Charlie Savage, New York Times, 3 May 2022 That effort has already begun to curb demand for some big-ticket purchases. Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2022 The Fed’s effort has already begun to curb demand for some big-ticket purchases. Abha Bhattarai, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Apr. 2022 Managing expectations through education can curb stigma, create better products, lower the possibility of bad experiences and increase consumer satisfaction. Sara Payan, Rolling Stone, 28 Apr. 2022 Those costs remain despite the city’s efforts to curb pension costs by reducing benefits for employees hired after 2012, and increasing the share of pension costs borne by employees. Joe Tash, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of curb


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2b


1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for curb


Middle French courbe curve, curved piece of wood or iron, from courbe curved, from Latin curvus


derivative of curb entry 1

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“Curb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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\ ˈkərb How to pronounce curb (audio) \

Kids Definition of curb

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an enclosing border (as of stone or concrete) often along the edge of a street
2 : check entry 1 sense 2 a curb on rising prices


curbed; curbing

Kids Definition of curb (Entry 2 of 2)

: to control or limit curb spending This will curb your appetite.


\ ˈkərb How to pronounce curb (audio) \

Medical Definition of curb

: a swelling on the back of the hind leg of a horse just behind the lowest part of the hock joint that is due to strain or rupture of the ligament and generally causes lameness

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