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Examples of truncate in a Sentence
a truncated version of the 11 o'clock newscast followed the awards show, which ran over its time slot—as it always does
Recent Examples of truncate from the Web
The White House tried to challenge the licenses of Florida television stations owned by the Washington Post and was successful in browbeating William Paley, the head of CBS, to truncate a Walter Cronkite special report on Watergate.
My beauty routine feels truncated, almost anticlimactic.
Last month producers announced that stage and screen star Mandy Patinkin was being brought in to replace Onaodowan for a limited run, but the decision to truncate a black actor’s run and replace him with a white actor drew immediate criticism.
The amorous couple was adapted from a pair of dancers in an exuberant Rubens painting of a country wedding — although here their legs have been truncated so that the figures are seated on the ground.
But the semiannual promotion is running up against the Jewish holidays, which begin at sundown Sept. 20, so it has been truncated.
There's even a staircase to nowhere - it was truncated after patients moved into the main building, and officials wanted to limit their ability to meander from floor to floor.
But agency officials are twisting the law’s language to truncate the opportunities for such suits.
After two weeks of thin slates truncated by Hurricane Irma, there was a big weekend of high school football for Miami recruiting aficionados to track.
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First Known Use of truncate
Synonymsabbreviate, abridge, curtail, cut back, dock, elide, syncopate, shorten
Antonymselongate, extend, lengthen, prolong, protract
Related Wordsabstract, digest, encapsulate, epitomize, recapitulate, summarize, sum up; abate, compress, constrict, contract, cut, cut down, pare, prune, trim; decrease, de-escalate, deflate, diminish, downsize, dwindle, lessen, lower, moderate, modify, reduce, retrench, shrink, slash, subtract (from), taper
Near Antonymsenlarge, expand, supplement; add, aggrandize, amplify, augment, balloon, boost, dilate, escalate, heighten, increase, maximize, pump up, raise; blow up, distend, inflate, swell
The Connection Between truncate and Trees
Truncate descends from the Latin verb truncare, meaning "to shorten," which in turn can be traced back to the Latin word for the trunk of a tree, which is truncus. Incidentally, if you've guessed that truncus is also the ancestor of the English word trunk, you are correct. Truncus also gave us truncheon, which is the name for a police officer's billy club, and the obscure word obtruncate, meaning "to cut the head or top from."
Origin and Etymology of truncate
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
TRUNCATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of truncate for English Language Learners
: to make (something) shorter
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