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English definition of “curtail”

curtail

verb [T]     /kəˈteɪl/ US  /kɚ-/
to stop something before it is finished , or to reduce or limit something: to curtail your holiday / spending The last government severely curtailed trade union rights .Cancelling and interruptingLimiting and restrictingPreventing and impeding curtailment     /-mənt/ noun [C or U] Cancelling and interruptingLimiting and restrictingPreventing and impeding
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