curtail

UK [kɜː(r)ˈteɪl] / US [kɜrˈteɪl] verb [transitive]
Word forms "curtail":
present tense I/you/we/they curtail he/she/it curtails present participle curtailing past tense curtailed past participle curtailed formal
to reduce or limit something, especially something good

a government attempt to curtail debate


Derived word:
curtailment
noun countable/uncountable
Word forms "curtailment":
singular curtailment plural curtailments

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  • Curtail — Cur tail (k?r t?l), n. The scroll termination of any architectural member, as of a step, etc. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Curtail — Cur*tail (k[u^]r*t[=a]l ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Curtailed} ( t[=a]ld ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Curtailing}.] [See {Curtal}.] To cut off the end or tail, or any part, of; to shorten; to abridge; to diminish; to reduce. [1913 Webster] I, that am… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Curtail dog — Cur tail dog (d[o^]g ; 115). A dog with a docked tail; formerly, the dog of a person not qualified to course, which, by the forest laws, must have its tail cut short, partly as a mark, and partly from a notion that the tail is necessary to a dog… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Curtailed — Curtail Cur*tail (k[u^]r*t[=a]l ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Curtailed} ( t[=a]ld ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Curtailing}.] [See {Curtal}.] To cut off the end or tail, or any part, of; to shorten; to abridge; to diminish; to reduce. [1913 Webster] I, that am… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Curtailing — Curtail Cur*tail (k[u^]r*t[=a]l ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Curtailed} ( t[=a]ld ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Curtailing}.] [See {Curtal}.] To cut off the end or tail, or any part, of; to shorten; to abridge; to diminish; to reduce. [1913 Webster] I, that am… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cut — (k[u^]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cut}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Cutting}.] [OE. cutten, kitten, ketten; prob. of Celtic origin; cf. W. cwtau to shorten, curtail, dock, cwta bobtailed, cwt tail, skirt, Gael. cutaich to shorten, curtail, dock, cutach short,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cutting — Cut Cut (k[u^]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cut}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Cutting}.] [OE. cutten, kitten, ketten; prob. of Celtic origin; cf. W. cwtau to shorten, curtail, dock, cwta bobtailed, cwt tail, skirt, Gael. cutaich to shorten, curtail, dock, cutach …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Curtal — Cur tal (k[^u]r tal), a. [OF. courtault, F. courtaud, having a docked tail (cf. It. cortaldo), fr. court short, L. curtus. See {Curt}, and {Curtail}.] Curt; brief; laconic. [1913 Webster] Essays and curtal aphorisms. Milton. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Curtal dog — Curtal Cur tal (k[^u]r tal), a. [OF. courtault, F. courtaud, having a docked tail (cf. It. cortaldo), fr. court short, L. curtus. See {Curt}, and {Curtail}.] Curt; brief; laconic. [1913 Webster] Essays and curtal aphorisms. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Abridge — A*bridge , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Abridged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Abridging}.] [OE. abregen, OF. abregier, F. abr[ e]ger, fr. L. abbreviare; ad + brevis short. See {Brief} and cf. {Abbreviate}.] 1. To make shorter; to shorten in duration; to lessen; to …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Abridged — Abridge A*bridge , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Abridged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Abridging}.] [OE. abregen, OF. abregier, F. abr[ e]ger, fr. L. abbreviare; ad + brevis short. See {Brief} and cf. {Abbreviate}.] 1. To make shorter; to shorten in duration; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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