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shortcut

noun short·cut \ ˈshȯrt-ˌkət also -ˈkət \
Updated on: 16 Apr 2018

Definition of shortcut

1 : a route more direct than the one ordinarily taken
2 : a method or means of doing something more directly and quickly than and often not so thoroughly as by ordinary procedure
  • a shortcut to success
3 : a key or combination of keys on a computer keyboard programmed to perform a specific function when pressed
  • You can open any item by clicking it or by assigning it a keyboard shortcut.
  • —Christopher Breen
called also hot key

Examples of shortcut in a Sentence

  1. Wait, I know a shortcut. Turn left here.

  2. We took a shortcut home.

  3. Let's take the shortcut through the woods.

  4. I used a shortcut to calculate the total weight.

  5. There are no shortcuts to learning another language.

  6. Mistakes were made because too many shortcuts were taken.

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First Known Use of shortcut

1637

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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shortcut

verb

Definition of shortcut

shortcut; shortcutting
: to shorten (a route, a procedure, etc.) by use of a shortcut; also : circumvent
: to take or use a shortcut

Examples of shortcut in a Sentence

  1. are you sure there's no way to shortcut the entrance requirements?

Recent Examples of shortcut from the Web

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First Known Use of shortcut

1915

in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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SHORTCUT Defined for English Language Learners

shortcut

Definition of shortcut for English Language Learners

  • : a shorter, quicker, or easier way to get to a place

  • : a quicker or easier way to do something


SHORTCUT Defined for Kids

shortcut

noun short·cut \ ˈshȯrt-ˌkət \

Definition of shortcut for Students

: a shorter, quicker, or easier way


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