curb

noun
\ ˈkərb How to pronounce curb (audio) \
plural curbs

Definition of curb

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a or British kerb : an edging (as of concrete) built along a street to form part of a gutter They sat on the curb eating their ice cream. — see also kick to the curb
b [from the fact that it originally transacted its business on the street] : a market for trading in securities not listed on a stock exchange
c : a raised edge or margin to strengthen or confine
d : an enclosing frame, border, or edging
2a : check, restraint a price curb government policies that are designed to put a curb on spending
b : a bit that exerts severe pressure on a horse's jaws also : the chain or strap attached to it — see bit illustration

curb

verb
curbed; curbing; curbs

Definition of curb (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to furnish with a curb
2 : to check or control with or as if with a curb trying to curb her curiosity
3 : to lead (a dog) to a suitable place (such as a gutter) for defecation

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Verb

restrain, check, curb, bridle mean to hold back from or control in doing something. restrain suggests holding back by force or persuasion from acting or from going to extremes. restrained themselves from laughing check implies restraining or impeding a progress, activity, or impetus. trying to check government spending curb suggests an abrupt or drastic checking. learn to curb your appetite bridle implies keeping under control by subduing or holding in. bridle an impulse to throw the book down

Examples of curb in a Sentence

Noun We sat on the curb eating our ice cream. these international regulations act as a curb on the plundering of a nation's archaeological treasures Verb The legislation is intended to curb price and wage increases. pills designed to curb your appetite
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Marienne, as expected, got bad news at the custody hearing and is sitting on the curb of a liquor store, considering breaking her sobriety. Jessica Goldstein, Vulture, 18 Oct. 2021 Xgimi is the latest company to make a strong case for putting your old flatscreen out on the curb for the next trash pickup. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 12 Oct. 2021 The man fell, hit his head on the curb and his arm went under the bus tire, which crushed his right arm, Buttle said. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Sep. 2021 In the trailer, Manning's Karen chides her neighbors to keep trash cans off the curb, threatens to speak with a restaurant manager about noisy patrons and appears to call the police on teenagers. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, 23 June 2021 Of course, no one who walks into a pole or tumbles off a curb is talking; no one talks on the phone anymore. Star Tribune, 23 Apr. 2021 The man was startled by the woman’s dog coming toward him, losing his balance and falling backward off a curb. Nerd Wallet, oregonlive, 6 Apr. 2021 Video surveillance footage also showed Schroederus dragging Dolly off a curb. Chloe Atkins, NBC News, 5 Apr. 2021 Campbell, according to Mattingly's interview, fell off the curb between cars in the parking lot. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, 21 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and numerous health officials have urged the public to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to curb the spread. Li Cohen, CBS News, 13 Oct. 2021 Hours before curtain, then-governor Andrew Cuomo placed a ban on large gatherings to help curb the spread of the virus, shuttering all Broadway theaters. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 11 Oct. 2021 Some experts propose taxation to help curb digital overuse, similar to the way the government discourages tobacco use. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 7 Oct. 2021 For canned chickpeas, rinsing them thoroughly after draining can also help curb bloating. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, 4 Oct. 2021 Used in that manner, the tests can be helpful for congregate living situations, such as homeless shelters, nurses, or dorms, where isolating sick people as soon as possible can help curb viral spread. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, 1 Oct. 2021 Nation/World WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is betting on millions more rapid, at-home tests to help curb the latest deadly wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is overloading hospitals and threatening to shutter classrooms around the country. Matthew Perrone, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Sep. 2021 My main purpose is to help curb how our current food system is devastating the planet. Kees Kruythoff, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 President Joe Biden is betting on millions more rapid, at-home tests to help curb the latest deadly wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is overloading hospitals and threatening to shutter classrooms around the country. Matthew Perrone, Chron, 21 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of curb

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2b

Verb

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for curb

Noun

Middle French courbe curve, curved piece of wood or iron, from courbe curved, from Latin curvus

Verb

derivative of curb entry 1

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The first known use of curb was in the 15th century

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20 Oct 2021

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“Curb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/curb. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for curb

curb

noun

English Language Learners Definition of curb

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a short border along the edge of a street that is usually made of stone or concrete
: something that controls or limits something else

curb

verb

English Language Learners Definition of curb (Entry 2 of 2)

: to control or limit (something)

curb

noun
\ ˈkərb How to pronounce curb (audio) \

Kids Definition of curb

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an enclosing border (as of stone or concrete) often along the edge of a street
2 : check entry 1 sense 2 a curb on rising prices

curb

verb
curbed; curbing

Kids Definition of curb (Entry 2 of 2)

: to control or limit curb spending This will curb your appetite.

curb

noun
\ ˈkərb How to pronounce curb (audio) \

Medical Definition of curb

: a swelling on the back of the hind leg of a horse just behind the lowest part of the hock joint that is due to strain or rupture of the ligament and generally causes lameness

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