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"
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"
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"
Specialized synonyms: Submarine
Generic synonyms: Strike
Derivative terms: Downer
4. Verb. Intercept (a player).
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"
6. Verb. Cause to fall by or as if by delivering a blow. "They cut down the trees"; "Lightning struck down the hikers"
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
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
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Literary usage of Cut down
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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, ..."