What does curtail mean?

Definitions for curtailkərˈteɪl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word curtail.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. restrict, curtail, curb, cut back(verb)

    place restrictions on

    "curtail drinking in school"

  2. clip, curtail, cut short(verb)

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. curtail(Verb)

    To cut short the tail of an animal

    Curtailing horses procured long horse-hair.

  2. curtail(Verb)

    To shorten or abridge the duration of something; to truncate.

    When the audience grew restless, the speaker curtailed her speech.

  3. curtail(Verb)

    To limit or restrict, keep in check.

    Their efforts to curtail spending didn't quite succeed.

  4. Origin: Alteration of curtal, from courtault, itself from court (from curtus) +

Webster Dictionary

  1. Curtail(verb)

    to cut off the end or tail, or any part, of; to shorten; to abridge; to diminish; to reduce

  2. Curtail(noun)

    the scroll termination of any architectural member, as of a step, etc

  3. Origin: [See Curtal.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Curtail

    kur-tāl′, v.t. to cut short: to cut off a part: to abridge:—pr.p. curtail′ing; pa.p. curtailed′.—ns. Curtail′ment; Curtail′-step, the rounded step at the bottom of a stair. [Old spelling curtal, O. Fr. courtault (It. cortaldo)—L. curtus.]

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of curtail in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of curtail in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Argus Research analyst Jim Kelleher:

    I expect them to sharply curtail their share repurchases until the company is in better shape financially.

  2. The Egyptian:

    Leaving the situation as it is in Libya without a firm intervention to curtail these terrorist organizations would be a threat to international peace and security.

  3. Paul Taylor:

    The markets are skittish. The concern is that the OPEC guys are not stepping in to curtail production and put a floor under the oil price, now the question is whether you go in and start (chipping) away at some of these names.

  4. Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur:

    We recognise the critical importance of infrastructure in driving economic growth but we are confronted with the constraints on public resources that require that we curtail public spending therefore it is necessary to turn to the private sector.

  5. Naghmeh Abedini:

    These are human lives. Lives which hold inherent dignity endowed by our Creator, they are neither a mere statistic nor collateral damage in the world's attempt to curtail Iran's nuclear development. They are husbands, fathers, sons, and brothers. Do not forget them.

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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • بترArabic
  • ограничавам, подрязвам, скъсявам, съкращавамBulgarian
  • omezit, zkrátitCzech
  • forkorte, begrænseDanish
  • verkürzen, drosseln, kürzen, beschneiden, beschränken, stutzenGerman
  • limitar, truncarSpanish
  • piiramaEstonian
  • abréger, restreindre, écourterFrench
  • giorraichScottish Gaelic
  • קיצר, צִמְצֵםHebrew
  • घटानाHindi
  • totope, auporoMāori
  • beknotten, bekorten, knotten, inkorten, kort houden, verkorten, kortwieken, beperkenDutch
  • tosarPortuguese
  • органичивать, сокращать, урезатьRussian
  • ograničiti, smanjiti, skratiti, stegnutiSerbo-Croatian

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