Definition of Curtail

1. Verb. Place restrictions on. "Curtail drinking in school"

Exact synonyms: Curb, Cut Back, Restrict
Generic synonyms: Circumscribe, Confine, Limit
Specialized synonyms: Abridge, Immobilise, Immobilize
Derivative terms: Curb, Restriction, Restrictive



2. Verb. Terminate or abbreviate before its intended or proper end or its full extent. "Personal freedom is curtailed in many countries"
Exact synonyms: Clip, Cut Short
Generic synonyms: Shorten
Derivative terms: Curtailment

Definition of Curtail

1. v. t. To cut off the end or tail, or any part, of; to shorten; to abridge; to diminish; to reduce.

2. n. The scroll termination of any architectural member, as of a step, etc.

Definition of Curtail

1. Verb. (obsolete) To cut short the tail of an animal ¹

2. Verb. To shorten or abridge the duration of something; to truncate. ¹

3. Verb. (figuratively) To limit or restrict, keep in check. ¹

4. Noun. (architecture) A scroll termination, as of a step, etc. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Curtail

1. to cut short [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Curtail

cursores
cursorial
cursorily
cursoriness
cursorinesses
cursoring
cursorless
cursors
cursory
cursour
cursours
curst
curstfully
cursus
curt
curtail (current term)
curtailed
curtailer
curtailers
curtailing
curtailment
curtailments
curtails
curtain
curtain-call
curtain-raise
curtain-twitcher
curtain-twitchers
curtain call
curtain calls

Literary usage of Curtail

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1. Robin Hood: A Collection of All the Ancient Poems, Songs, and Ballads, Now by Joseph Ritson, Joseph Frank, Thomas Bewick (1832)
"The curtail fryer,'' Dr. Stukeley says, " is cordelier, from the cord or rope ... Our fryer, however, is undoubtedly so called from his " curtail dogs," or ..."

2. Hearings Before the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce of the by United States Congress. House. Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, United States 57th Congress, 1st session, 1901-1902. House. [from old catalog] (1902)
"That is always dependent upon the question of whether it does curtail constitutional safeguards. Mr. COOMBS. Now, this is only a change of method of ..."

3. An Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1893)
"curtail is a corruption of an older curtail, and was orig. accented on ... I. Ia, according to the first folio ; altered to curtail in later editions. ..."

4. History of Mexico by Hubert Howe Bancroft, William Nemos, Thomas Savage, Joseph Joshua Peatfield (1888)
"STATE—DEMORALIZATION OF THE CLERGY—THEIR INFLUENCE WANING—MEASURES TO curtail THEIR POWER—INTRIGUES —THE CLERGY AND THE ..."

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