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1. A more direct route than the customary one.
2. A means of saving time or effort.

[From cut, direct route.]

short′cut′ v.



1. a shorter or quicker way to get somewhere.
2. a method, policy, etc., that reduces the time or energy needed to accomplish something.


Past participle: shortcut
Gerund: shortcutting

I shortcut
you shortcut
he/she/it shortcuts
we shortcut
you shortcut
they shortcut
I shortcut
you shortcut
he/she/it shortcut
we shortcut
you shortcut
they shortcut
Present Continuous
I am shortcutting
you are shortcutting
he/she/it is shortcutting
we are shortcutting
you are shortcutting
they are shortcutting
Present Perfect
I have shortcut
you have shortcut
he/she/it has shortcut
we have shortcut
you have shortcut
they have shortcut
Past Continuous
I was shortcutting
you were shortcutting
he/she/it was shortcutting
we were shortcutting
you were shortcutting
they were shortcutting
Past Perfect
I had shortcut
you had shortcut
he/she/it had shortcut
we had shortcut
you had shortcut
they had shortcut
I will shortcut
you will shortcut
he/she/it will shortcut
we will shortcut
you will shortcut
they will shortcut
Future Perfect
I will have shortcut
you will have shortcut
he/she/it will have shortcut
we will have shortcut
you will have shortcut
they will have shortcut
Future Continuous
I will be shortcutting
you will be shortcutting
he/she/it will be shortcutting
we will be shortcutting
you will be shortcutting
they will be shortcutting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been shortcutting
you have been shortcutting
he/she/it has been shortcutting
we have been shortcutting
you have been shortcutting
they have been shortcutting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been shortcutting
you will have been shortcutting
he/she/it will have been shortcutting
we will have been shortcutting
you will have been shortcutting
they will have been shortcutting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been shortcutting
you had been shortcutting
he/she/it had been shortcutting
we had been shortcutting
you had been shortcutting
they had been shortcutting
I would shortcut
you would shortcut
he/she/it would shortcut
we would shortcut
you would shortcut
they would shortcut
Past Conditional
I would have shortcut
you would have shortcut
he/she/it would have shortcut
we would have shortcut
you would have shortcut
they would have shortcut
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Noun1.shortcut - a route shorter than the usual oneshortcut - a route shorter than the usual one  
road, route - an open way (generally public) for travel or transportation
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(ʃoːt) adjective
1. not long. You look nice with your hair short; Do you think my dress is too short?
2. not tall; smaller than usual. a short man.
3. not lasting long; brief. a short film; in a very short time; I've a very short memory for details.
4. not as much as it should be. When I checked my change, I found it was 20 cents short.
5. (with of) not having enough (money etc). Most of us are short of money these days.
6. (of pastry) made so that it is crisp and crumbles easily.
1. suddenly; abruptly. He stopped short when he saw me.
2. not as far as intended. The shot fell short.
ˈshortness noun
ˈshortage (-tidʒ) noun
a lack; the state of not having enough. a shortage of water.
ˈshorten verb
to make or become shorter. The dress is too long – we'll have to shorten it.
ˈshortening noun
(especially American) the fat used for making pastry.
ˈshortly adverb
soon. He will be here shortly; Shortly after that, the police arrived.
shorts noun plural
short trousers for men or women.
ˈshortbread noun
a kind of crisp, crumbling biscuit.
ˌshort-ˈchange verb
to cheat (a buyer) by giving him too little change.
short circuit the missing out by an electric current of a part of an electrical circuit (verb ˌshort-ˈcircuit)
ˈshortcoming noun
a fault.
ˈshortcut noun
a quicker way between two places. I'm in a hurry – I'll take a shortcut across the field.
ˈshorthand noun
a method of writing rapidly, using strokes, dots etc to represent sounds.
ˌshort-ˈhanded adjective
having fewer workers than are necessary or usual.
ˈshort-list noun
a list of candidates selected from the total number of applicants for a job etc.
to put on a short-list. We've short-listed three of the twenty applicants.
ˌshort-ˈlived (-ˈlivd) , ((American) -ˈlaivd) adjective
living or lasting only for a short time. short-lived insects; short-lived enthusiasm.
ˌshort-ˈrange adjective
1. not reaching a long distance. short-range missiles.
2. not covering a long time. a short-range weather forecast.
ˌshort-ˈsighted adjective
seeing clearly only things that are near. I don't recognize people at a distance because I'm short-sighted.
ˌshort-ˈsightedly adverb
ˌshort-ˈsightedness noun
ˌshort-ˈtempered adjective
easily made angry. My husband is very short-tempered in the mornings.
ˌshort-ˈterm adjective
1. concerned only with the near future. short-term plans.
2. lasting only a short time. a short-term loan.
by a short head
by a very small amount. to win by a short head.
for short
as an abbreviation. His name is Victor, but we call him Vic for short.
go short
to cause oneself not to have enough of something. Save this carton for tomorrow, or else we'll go short (of milk).
in short
in a few words.
in short supply
not available in sufficient quantity. Fresh vegetables are in short supply.
make short work of
to dispose of very quickly. The children made short work of the ice-cream.
run short
1. (of a supply) to become insufficient. Our money is running short.
2. (with of) not to have enough. We're running short of money.
short and sweet
His reply was short and sweet: `Get out!' he shouted.
short for
an abbreviation of. `Phone' is short for `telephone'; What is `Ltd.' short for?
short of
not as far as or as much as. Our total came to just short of $1,000; We stopped five miles short of London.


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