restrict, curtail, curb, cut back(verb)
place restrictions on
"curtail drinking in school"
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"
To cut short the tail of an animal
Curtailing horses procured long horse-hair.
To shorten or abridge the duration of something; to truncate.
When the audience grew restless, the speaker curtailed her speech.
To limit or restrict, keep in check.
Their efforts to curtail spending didn't quite succeed.
Origin: Alteration of curtal, from courtault, itself from court (from curtus) +
to cut off the end or tail, or any part, of; to shorten; to abridge; to diminish; to reduce
the scroll termination of any architectural member, as of a step, etc
Origin: [See Curtal.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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.]
The numerical value of curtail in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of curtail in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
I expect them to sharply curtail their share repurchases until the company is in better shape financially.
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.
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.
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.
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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- ограничавам, подрязвам, скъсявам, съкращавамBulgarian
- omezit, zkrátitCzech
- forkorte, begrænseDanish
- verkürzen, drosseln, kürzen, beschneiden, beschränken, stutzenGerman
- limitar, truncarSpanish
- abréger, restreindre, écourterFrench
- giorraichScottish Gaelic
- קיצר, צִמְצֵםHebrew
- totope, auporoMāori
- beknotten, bekorten, knotten, inkorten, kort houden, verkorten, kortwieken, beperkenDutch
- органичивать, сокращать, урезатьRussian
- ograničiti, smanjiti, skratiti, stegnutiSerbo-Croatian
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