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 Which may be why the movie romances that introduce physiological ailment can too often feel conveniently engineered, a shortcut to suffering: the second-act cough that’s both hacking and hackneyed. Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, "Review: A mature love story, ‘Hope’ conveys respect for relationships and illness," 14 Apr. 2021 That type of shortcut, called a conditional release of material, occurred on average twice a week in October, internal logs show. BostonGlobe.com, "US bet big on COVID vaccine manufacturer even as problems mounted," 6 Apr. 2021 That type of shortcut, called a conditional release of material, occurred on average twice a week in October, internal logs show. New York Times, "U.S. Bet Big on Covid Vaccine Manufacturer Even as Problems Mounted," 6 Apr. 2021 An officer stopped a driver on March 17 after following the car taking a shortcut through a parking lot. Cheryl Higley, cleveland, "Fisticuffs result in assault charges: North Ridgeville police blotter," 27 Mar. 2021 Are there shortcut buttons for the different functions? Edmunds, chicagotribune.com, "How to test-drive vehicle technology," 14 Apr. 2021 The reason for this is because Oppo’s ColorOS has basically adopted all of OxygenOS’ great bits, such as the granular customization options and the shortcut gestures. Ben Sin, Forbes, "OnePlus 9 Pro Review: A Refined Premium Flagship," 6 Apr. 2021 Seven years later, all of today’s popular NFT platforms still use the same shortcut. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "McDonald’s new CEO looks to solve all of its problems," 5 Apr. 2021 Nearly 19,000 vessels plied the 193km maritime shortcut last year, carrying 12% of global trade by volume and around 10% of the world’s oil. The Economist, "A giant container ship accidentally blocks the Suez Canal," 27 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb From time to time, scammers — some savvy, others bumbling amateurs — try to shortcut the path to riches. Tim Evans, The Indianapolis Star, "Lottery scams: 4 failed attempts to cheat the Hoosier Lottery," 11 Nov. 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. 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. 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

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shortcut. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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