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verb  us   /kʌt/ (present participle cutting, past tense and past participle cut)

cut verb (DIVIDE)

[I/T] to use a sharp tool such as a knife to break the surface of something, divide something, or make something smaller: [T] Cut the apple in half. [T] She wanted to have her hair cut (= made shorter). [M] We had to cut two trees down (= remove them) to make room for the swimming pool. [M] The children cut the pictures out (= removed them by cutting) and stuck them in their scrapbooks. [I/T] A person who is cut is injured by something sharp that breaks the skin and causes bleeding: [T] I stepped on a piece of glass and cut my foot.

cut verb (REDUCE)

[T] to make less in size, amount, length, etc.: We’ve got to cut costs. The original movie was almost four hours long, but it was later cut to two hours.

cut verb (MISS)

[T] to stay away from a class, talk, performance, etc., that you have a duty to go to: He was cutting classes and getting failing grades.

cut verb (STOP)

[I/T] to stop or interrupt something, or to stop working suddenly or cause this to happen: [I always + adv/prep] Since his illness he’s cut out eating sweets altogether. [T] Because of failing grades, he was cut (= released) from the team. [I] “Cut! (= Stop filming!)shouted the director.

cut verb (GROW TEETH)

[T] to grow a new tooth: The baby was cranky last night because she’s cutting a tooth.

cut verb (CROSS)

[I always + adv/prep] to go through or across a place, esp. in order to get somewhere quickly: To get to school I cut through the field.

cut verb (CARDS)

[I/T] to divide a pile of cards into two parts: [I/T] Who’s going to cut (the cards)?

cut verb (RECORD)

[T] to make a recording of music or speech on a record: When did Elvis cut his first record?
cut across something phrasal verb
to include several things that usually are separated from each other: Iron deficiency in women cuts across all socioeconomic levels.
cut back (something) phrasal verb [M]
to reduce or stop: He was advised to cut back on sugary sodas. Cancel the service, or cut it back to “basic.”
cut down (something) phrasal verb [M]
to reduce something in amount, size, or number of times repeated: I’ve decided to cut down on snacks. Seat belts have cut down the number of injuries in car accidents.
cut in phrasal verb

cut verb (INTERRUPT)

to interrupt someone who is talking: I was talking to Jeff when Amy cut in.
cut someone in phrasal verb [M]
to include someone in a plan, activity, or process: Next time you get free concert tickets, cut me in.
cut off something/someone phrasal verb [M]

cut verb (STOP)

to stop or interrupt something suddenly, or to stop someone from speaking: We were cut off in the middle of our phone conversation.
cut off someone/something phrasal verb [M]

cut verb (DRIVE)

(of a driver or vehicle) to move suddenly in front of another driver or vehicle, leaving too little space: He claimed that a truck had cut him off just before the accident.
cut someone out phrasal verb [M]
to keep someone from taking part in a plan, activity, or process: Some critics say the proposed amendment is effectively cutting others out of the planning process.
cut out for something phrasal verb
to be the right type of person for a particular job or activity: He’s just not cut out for politics.
cut something short phrasal verb [M]
to stop something suddenly before it is completed: We cut short our vacation when we learned of my mother’s illness.
cut through something phrasal verb
to understand something that is not easy to understand: She can cut through the confusing statistics and get at the important facts.


noun [C]  us   /kʌt/

cut noun [C] (REDUCTION)

a reduction in the size, amount, length, etc., of something: Many workers had to take a cut in pay. For the TV version, they made several cuts in the movie.


something made by cutting: She went to the butcher’s to get a good cut of meat. A cut is an injury to the skin made by a sharp object: She had a nasty cut on her hand. A cut is also the particular way clothing looks: the cut of a suit infml A cut is also a share: I was part-owner of the business, and when my sister sold it, I said I wanted my cut.


adjective [not gradable]  us   /kʌt/

cut adjective [not gradable] (DIVIDED)

(of flowers) removed from their roots by being cut through their stems so they can be used for decoration: These cut flowers will last three days in fresh water.
(Definition of cut from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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