shortcut

noun
short·​cut | \ ˈshȯrt-ˌkət How to pronounce shortcut (audio) also -ˈkət \

Definition of shortcut

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

shortcut

verb
shortcut; shortcutting

Definition of shortcut (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to take or use a shortcut

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Synonyms & Antonyms for shortcut

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of shortcut in a Sentence

Noun Wait, I know a shortcut. Turn left here. We took a shortcut home. Let's take the shortcut through the woods. I used a shortcut to calculate the total weight. There are no shortcuts to learning another language. Mistakes were made because too many shortcuts were taken. Verb are you sure there's no way to shortcut the entrance requirements?
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Joe says: Going down memory lane with Tennessee over the last 13 years is like taking a shortcut through a dark alley on Halloween that then leads into an old cemetery. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "Auburn, Florida could struggle; Alabama shows no mercy," 24 Sep. 2020 Inside, there are M-specific graphics and extra buttons that allow the shortcut to preferred, pre-configurable settings. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, "2021 BMW M3 and M4 Sport Controversial Looks, Up to 503 HP," 22 Sep. 2020 How to Decoupage a Chinoiserie Pumpkin Patterned fabric offers a shortcut to creating beautiful chinoiserie pumpkins. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "Chinoiserie Pumpkins Are the Elegant Fall Accent Your Home Needs," 10 Sep. 2020 Some philosophers describe emotions as reasoning tools, a shortcut to filter copious amounts of information. Jessica Rosenfeld, The Conversation, "‘Quarantine envy’ could finally wake people up to the deep inequalities that pervade American life," 9 Sep. 2020 While the normal city approval process would take it to final City Council approval on Nov. 24, Lyons said there is a shortcut method the city can use to get pre-approval for both finalists by the council on Nov. 5. Steve Lord, chicagotribune.com, "Aurora sees mid-2021 for police body cameras," 3 Sep. 2020 Dicty, the prodigy protist, not only solved this maze but also managed to use its self-generating gradient skills to find a shortcut. Emily Willingham, Scientific American, "Cells Solve an English Hedge Maze with the Same Skills They Use to Traverse the Body," 28 Aug. 2020 Oddly, Patel's only on-set pain came in a scene where Copperfield continues Trotwood's tradition of chasing donkey-riding shortcut-seekers off their pastoral property. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Dev Patel in the wild 'David Copperfield': What you need to know about the madcap Charles Dickens movie," 27 Aug. 2020 While the normal city approval process would take it to final City Council approval on Nov. 24, Lyons said there is a shortcut method the city can use to get pre-approval for both finalists by the council on Nov. 5. Steve Lord, chicagotribune.com, "Officials say January probably earliest Aurora police could get body cameras," 30 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The experimental drugs shortcut that process by giving concentrated versions of specific ones that worked best against the coronavirus in lab and animal tests. Arkansas Online, "Experts: Virus database adding to hospital woes," 13 Aug. 2020 The experimental drugs shortcut that process by giving concentrated versions of specific ones that worked best against the coronavirus in lab and animal tests. Arkansas Online, "Experts: Virus database adding to hospital woes," 13 Aug. 2020 The experimental drugs shortcut that process by giving concentrated versions of specific ones that worked best against the coronavirus in lab and animal tests. Arkansas Online, "Experts: Virus database adding to hospital woes," 13 Aug. 2020 The experimental drugs shortcut that process by giving concentrated versions of specific ones that worked best against the coronavirus in lab and animal tests. Marilynn Marchione, Star Tribune, "Companies test antibody drugs to treat, prevent COVID-19," 12 Aug. 2020 The visit caused a mild brouhaha on local social media with claims the delegation was allowed to shortcut a required 14-day quarantine for foreign visitors. Washington Post, "US Army chief welcomed to Thailand with coronavirus test," 10 July 2020 Hough decided to shortcut the chain of command to get the information directly to the artillery units that could use it. Greg Miller, Smithsonian, "The Untold Story of the Secret Mission to Seize Nazi Map Data," 23 Oct. 2019 Here, Hannom shares her ideas on how to shortcut a kitchen refresh, without sacrificing style or budget. 1. Jessica Cumberbatch, Country Living, "How to Refresh Your Kitchen on a Budget," 1 Oct. 2019 The Warriors do not want to shortcut his development. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "Warriors mailbag: Making sense of the Warriors’ free agency moves," 12 July 2019

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First Known Use of shortcut

Noun

1637, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1915, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of shortcut was in 1637

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Last Updated

27 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Shortcut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shortcut. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for shortcut

shortcut

noun
How to pronounce shortcut (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of shortcut

: a shorter, quicker, or easier way to get to a place
: a quicker or easier way to do something

shortcut

noun
short·​cut | \ ˈshȯrt-ˌkət How to pronounce shortcut (audio) \

Kids Definition of shortcut

: a shorter, quicker, or easier way

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