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cur·tail

 (kər-tāl′)
tr.v. cur·tailed, cur·tail·ing, cur·tails
To cut short or reduce: We curtailed our conversation when other people entered the room. See Synonyms at shorten.

[Middle English curtailen, to restrict, probably blend of Old French courtauld, docked; see curtal, and Middle English taillen, to cut (from Old French tailler; see tailor).]

cur·tail′er n.
cur·tail′ment n.

curtail

(kɜːˈteɪl)
vb
(tr) to cut short; abridge
[C16: changed (through influence of tail1) from obsolete curtal to dock; see curtal]
curˈtailer n
curˈtailment n

cur•tail

(kərˈteɪl)

v.t.
to cut short or cut off a part of; abridge; reduce.
[1425–75; late Middle English: to restrict (of royal succession or inheritance), probably a conflation of Middle French courtau(l)d (see curtal) and Middle English taillen to cut < Old French taillier (see tail2)]
cur•tail′er, n.
cur•tail′ment, n.
syn: See shorten.

curtail


Past participle: curtailed
Gerund: curtailing

Imperative
curtail
curtail
Present
I curtail
you curtail
he/she/it curtails
we curtail
you curtail
they curtail
Preterite
I curtailed
you curtailed
he/she/it curtailed
we curtailed
you curtailed
they curtailed
Present Continuous
I am curtailing
you are curtailing
he/she/it is curtailing
we are curtailing
you are curtailing
they are curtailing
Present Perfect
I have curtailed
you have curtailed
he/she/it has curtailed
we have curtailed
you have curtailed
they have curtailed
Past Continuous
I was curtailing
you were curtailing
he/she/it was curtailing
we were curtailing
you were curtailing
they were curtailing
Past Perfect
I had curtailed
you had curtailed
he/she/it had curtailed
we had curtailed
you had curtailed
they had curtailed
Future
I will curtail
you will curtail
he/she/it will curtail
we will curtail
you will curtail
they will curtail
Future Perfect
I will have curtailed
you will have curtailed
he/she/it will have curtailed
we will have curtailed
you will have curtailed
they will have curtailed
Future Continuous
I will be curtailing
you will be curtailing
he/she/it will be curtailing
we will be curtailing
you will be curtailing
they will be curtailing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been curtailing
you have been curtailing
he/she/it has been curtailing
we have been curtailing
you have been curtailing
they have been curtailing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been curtailing
you will have been curtailing
he/she/it will have been curtailing
we will have been curtailing
you will have been curtailing
they will have been curtailing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been curtailing
you had been curtailing
he/she/it had been curtailing
we had been curtailing
you had been curtailing
they had been curtailing
Conditional
I would curtail
you would curtail
he/she/it would curtail
we would curtail
you would curtail
they would curtail
Past Conditional
I would have curtailed
you would have curtailed
he/she/it would have curtailed
we would have curtailed
you would have curtailed
they would have curtailed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.curtail - place restrictions on; "curtail drinking in school"
circumscribe, confine, limit - restrict or confine, "I limit you to two visits to the pub a day"
abridge - lessen, diminish, or curtail; "the new law might abridge our freedom of expression"
immobilise, immobilize - cause to be unable to move; "The sudden storm immobilized the traffic"
2.curtail - terminate or abbreviate before its intended or proper end or its full extent; "My speech was cut short"; "Personal freedom is curtailed in many countries"
shorten - make shorter than originally intended; reduce or retrench in length or duration; "He shortened his trip due to illness"

curtail

verb reduce, cut, diminish, decrease, dock, cut back, shorten, lessen, cut short, pare down, retrench NATO plans to curtail the number of troops being sent to the region. The celebrations had to be curtailed because of bad weather.

curtail

verb
To make short or shorter the duration or extent of:
Translations
يُقَصِّر
zkrátitomezit
afkortebegrænse
piirama
stytta; minnka
sumažinimas
saīsinātsamazināt
kısa kesmekkısaltmak

curtail

[kɜːˈteɪl] VT (= restrict) → restringir; (= cut short) → acortar, abreviar; (= reduce) [+ expenditure] → reducir

curtail

[kɜːrˈteɪl] vt
(= cut short) [+ visit, holiday] → écourter
(= restrict) [+ activities, freedom] → entraver
(= cut back) [+ expenses] → réduire

curtail

vtkürzen

curtail

[kɜːˈteɪl] vt (visit) → accorciare; (wages, expenditure) → ridurre, decurtare, tagliare

curtail

(kəˈteil) verb
make less, shorter etc (than was originally intended). I've had to curtail my visit.
curˈtailment noun
References in classic literature ?
Sir, I do not wish to act against you," I said; and my unsteady voice warned me to curtail my sentence.
The answer is, that it could only have been done for greater caution, and to guard against all cavilling refinements in those who might hereafter feel a disposition to curtail and evade the legitimatb authorities of the Union.
Well, sir, let us do what we can to curtail this visit, which can hardly be agreeable to you, and is inexpressibly irksome to me.
Now, whenever I hear any one advocating measures that are meant to curtail the development of another, I pity the individual who would do this.
I have had news tonight over the telephone and I find that I must curtail my visit.
To me it would seem a deplorable thing that we should in any way curtail by so much as a minute so wonderful an experience.
The rulers, being aware that their power rests upon their wealth, refuse to curtail by law the extravagance of the spendthrift youth because they gain by their ruin; they take interest from them and buy up their estates and thus increase their own wealth and importance?
The distance was little more than six miles, but the road was strange, and I had to keep stopping to inquire my way; hallooing to carters and clodhoppers, and frequently invading the cottages, for there were few abroad that winter's morning; sometimes knocking up the lazy people from their beds, for where so little work was to be done, perhaps so little food and fire to be had, they cared not to curtail their slumbers.
I fear I shall have to curtail his restorative exercise in the fresh air.
Men of liberal opinions would induce small children to run into sacred edifices to see whether Madame Levaille was there, and to tell her that so-and-so was in the road waiting to speak to her about potatoes, or flour, or stones, or houses; and she would curtail her devotions, come out blinking and crossing herself into the sunshine; ready to discuss business matters in a calm, sensible way across a table in the kitchen of the inn opposite.
Like a wise commander, who finds he has occupied too much ground for the amount of his force, he began to curtail his outworks.
NkAZ will curtail production at pot rooms #3 and #4, which form part of Phase 1 at the smelter and about which Government officials have already brought up its potential curtailment several times.