shortcut

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

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

beat, bypass, circumvent, dodge, get around, sidestep, skirt

Antonyms: Verb

comply (with), follow, keep, obey, observe

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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

In 2015, a tech-savvy art historian named Andrew Tallon used lasers to create detailed 3-D scans of the cathedral (among other historic buildings) and found, for one thing, that its builders took shortcuts. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Notre Dame Cathedral Will Never Be the Same—and That's Ok," 19 Apr. 2019 Their guidance has been short and simple: there are no shortcuts to success. Chrissie Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Country Lakeshake bringing the best, the brightest and everybody else," 19 June 2018 The Wiz’’ is too scattershot for that, with narrative shortcuts that keep the stage version from building the momentum and suspense of the classic 1939 film. Don Aucoin, BostonGlobe.com, "An exuberant journey down the yellow brick road in ‘The Wiz’," 22 May 2018 Cool! Microsoft The second utility is a simple (yet much-needed) Windows key shortcut guide. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Microsoft revives PowerToys with open-source tools for Windows 10 power users," 8 May 2019 Life is not guaranteed to be easy, there are no easy shortcuts. Alexa Tucker, SELF, "13 Women Share the Important Lessons That Strength Training Taught Them," 19 Jan. 2019 That’s particularly true for comic books, where decades of readers’ emotional investment can help serve as a filmmaking shortcut. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Venom is a bizarre and baffling mess," 3 Oct. 2018 Both see Sky as a necessary shortcut to a European TV distribution platform. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Winning Sky Is Just the Start for Disney or Comcast," 20 Sep. 2018 Something most people don't understand is there are no shortcuts in career building. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "Spotlight: Post Malone's Agent, Cheryl Paglierani of UTA, On Developing a Genre-Crossing Headliner 'From the Ground Up'," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Rest assured, these aren’t actual apps, but instead shortcuts to Nokia’s web client. Michael Zelenko, The Verge, "There’s no perfect minimalist phone — yet," 3 May 2018 To push revenues to 2008 levels, Zinke would have to do more than sell leases and help companies shortcut environmental regs. Elliott D. Woods, Outside Online, "Zinke's Plan to Fund the Park Service Is Pure Fantasy," 24 Mar. 2018 Lidia Bastianich knows how to shortcut even the simplest of recipes. Jill Wendholt Silva, charlotteobserver, "Want to celebrate with style? Celebrate like an Italian – Lidia Bastianich | Charlotte Observer," 22 Dec. 2017 Technically, pesto should be pounded or processed to a paste, but sometimes shortcuts pay off. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "Pasta with Chopped Pesto," 19 Aug. 2017 These kinds of horizontal gene transfers, where genes shortcut the usual passage from parent to offspring and instead move directly between individuals, are rare in animals, but common among bacteria. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "How Mushrooms Became Magic," 24 Aug. 2017

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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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shortcut

noun

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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