Definition of Cut down

1. Verb. Cut down on; make a reduction in. "They will cut down the duet"; "The employer wants to cut back health benefits"

Exact synonyms: Bring Down, Cut, Cut Back, Reduce, Trim, Trim Back, Trim Down
Specialized synonyms: Shorten, Spill, Quench, Retrench, Slash, Thin Out, Thin, Detract, Take Away, Deflate, Inflate, Downsize, Subtract, Knock Off, Shave
Related verbs: Cut
Generic synonyms: Decrease, Lessen, Minify
Derivative terms: Cutback, Reduction, Reductive, Trim

2. Verb. Cut with sweeping strokes; as with an ax or machete. "They cut down the trees"
Exact synonyms: Slash
Generic synonyms: Cut
Derivative terms: Slash, Slash, Slasher

3. Verb. Cause to come or go down. "The fighter managed to cut down his opponent"; "The mugger knocked down the old lady after she refused to hand over her wallet"
Exact synonyms: Down, Knock Down, Pull Down, Push Down
Specialized synonyms: Submarine
Generic synonyms: Strike
Derivative terms: Downer

4. Verb. Intercept (a player).
Exact synonyms: Cut Out
Category relationships: Baseball, Baseball Game
Generic synonyms: Arrest, Check, Contain, Hold Back, Stop, Turn Back

5. Verb. Cut with a blade or mower. "They cut down rye in the field"; "Mow the grass"
Exact synonyms: Mow
Specialized synonyms: Scythe
Generic synonyms: Cut
Derivative terms: Mow, Mower

6. Verb. Cause to fall by or as if by delivering a blow. "They cut down the trees"; "Lightning struck down the hikers"
Exact synonyms: Drop, Fell, Strike Down
Specialized synonyms: Chop Down, Poleax, Poleaxe, Log, Lumber, Cut
Generic synonyms: Cut
Causes: Come Down, Descend, Fall, Go Down
Derivative terms: Fell, Feller

Definition of Cut down

1. Verb. (&lit cut down) ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To bring down by cutting. ¹

3. Verb. (idiomatic transitive) To insult, to belittle. ¹

4. Verb. (idiomatic) To reduce the amount of something. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cut Down

cut a swath
cut a swathe
cut a wide swath
cut a wide swathe
cut across
cut and cover
cut and dried
cut and paste
cut and run
cut away
cut back
cut bait
cut both ways
cut capers
cut corners
cut down (current term)
cut fastball
cut from the same cloth
cut in
cut into
cut it
cut it close
cut it fine
cut like a knife
cut line
cut loose
cut no ice
cut of beef

Literary usage of Cut down

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Selection of Leading Cases in Equity: With Notes by Frederick Thomas White, Owen Davies Tudor, John Innes Clark Hare, Horace Binney Wallace (1876)
"... should view, and mark what timber trees were then fit to be cut down ; that then the parties should agree, and appoint by writing under their hands, ..."

2. The Justice of the Peace, and Parish Officer by Richard Burn (1820)
"U. Order for occupiers of land to make hedges, and cut down trees. Vide p. 692. At a special sessions held at - in the hundred of - in the county of - on ..."

3. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1910)
"... the mean radial asymmetry is lowered, the proportion of ovaries with odd numbers of ovules in one or more locules is very stringently cut down, ..."

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