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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
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