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"


  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.]


  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. Vivek Chattopadhyay:

    Taxes on cars and parking charges should be raised to curtail usage, and public transport should be expanded, emissions are not just related to age.

  3. Val Ramirez:

    They are just a nuisance, we are not going to get rid of them completely. Trapping will never get rid of all of them, but at least we can try to curtail them.

  4. Karim Ennara:

    All efforts by the authorities to curtail this phenomenon will fail as long as ... the accused are forced to confess to any crime, even if they did not commit it.

  5. 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.

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Translations for curtail

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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