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curtail

cur·tail

curtail

 
 
pronunciation:
kuhr teIl
features:
Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: curtailed, curtailing, curtails
definition: to make shorter; cut off part of.
As time was running short, the speaker curtailed her presentation.A limited budget forced them to curtail their spending.
synonyms:
cut, shorten
antonyms:
extend, lengthen, prolong, protract
similar words:
abbreviate, abridge, clip, curb, decrease, pare, prune, reduce, retrench, slash, trim, truncate
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derivations: curtailed (adj.), curtailment (n.)