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Synonyms for curtail

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  1. curtailverb

    limit, dock, control, shorten, restrain, crop

  2. curtailverb

    To cut short the tail of an animal

    Curtailing horses procured long horse-hair.

    shorten, restrain, dock, control, limit, crop

  3. curtailverb

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

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

    dock, control, restrain, limit, shorten, crop

  4. curtailverb

    To limit or restrict, keep in check.

    Their efforts to curtail spending didn't quite succeed.

    dock, control, crop, limit, restrain, shorten

Princeton's WordNet0.0 / 0 votes

  1. restrict, curtail, curb, cut backverb

    place restrictions on

    "curtail drinking in school"

    suppress, bring down, qualify, conquer, moderate, throttle, trim down, flash back, prune, inhibit, cut, trammel, trim back, lop, trim, cut down, reduce, control, subdue, curb, stamp down, hold, cut short, confine, restrain, restrict, clip, hold in, contain, bound, limit, cut back, snip, crop, dress, check

  2. clip, curtail, cut shortverb

    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"

    restrict, cut back, break short, jog, prune, crop, clip, trim, dress, trot, snip off, break off, truncate, lop, cut short, curb, snip, nip off

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Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. curtailverb

    shorten, abridge, retrench, lop, cut short

  2. curtailverb

    diminish, lessen, decrease

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words0.0 / 0 votes

  1. curtailverb

    shorten, reduce, retrench

PPDB, the paraphrase database0.0 / 0 votes

  1. List of paraphrases for "curtail":

    restrict, reduce, limit, curb, shorten

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How to use curtail in a sentence?

  1. Argus Research analyst Jim Kelleher:

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

Translations for curtail

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  • بترArabic
  • съкращавам, скъсявам, ограничавам, подрязвамBulgarian
  • zkrátit, omezitCzech
  • forkorte, begrænseDanish
  • verkürzen, stutzen, beschränken, beschneiden, drosseln, kürzenGerman
  • truncar, limitarSpanish
  • piiramaEstonian
  • restreindre, abréger, écourterFrench
  • giorraichScottish Gaelic
  • קיצר, צִמְצֵםHebrew
  • घटानाHindi
  • accorciareItalian
  • ಮೊಟಕುಗೊಳಿಸಿKannada
  • auporo, totopeMāori
  • knotten, beknotten, beperken, kortwieken, bekorten, verkorten, kort houden, inkortenDutch
  • tosarPortuguese
  • сокращать, органичивать, урезатьRussian
  • skratiti, stegnuti, ograničiti, smanjitiSerbo-Croatian
  • குறைத்தல்Tamil

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