Definitions for curtailkərˈteɪl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to cut short or cut off a part of; abridge; reduce.

* Syn: See shorten.

Origin of curtail:

1425–75; late ME: to restrict (of royal succession or inheritance), prob. a conflation of MF courtau(l)d (see curtal ) and ME taillen to cut < OF taillier (see tail2)


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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. curtail(verb)ərˈteɪl

    to shorten or limit

    to curtail the use of chemical fertilizers; a semester curtailed by the war


  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

Anagrams of curtail

  1. trucial

Translations for curtail

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


make less, shorter etc (than was originally intended)

I've had to curtail my visit.

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