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cut

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

cut verb (USE KNIFE)

A2 [I or T] to break the surface of something, or to divide or make something smaller, using a sharp tool, especially a knife: to cut a slice of bread I've cut myself/my hand on that glass/with that knife. Cut the meat up into small pieces. This knife doesn't cut very well. Where did you have your hair cut? [+ obj + adj ] Firefighters had to cut the trapped driver loose/free (= cut the metal to allow the driver to get out of the car) using special equipment. He fell off the swing and cut his head open (= got a deep cut in his head). He cut the cake in/into six (pieces) and gave each child a slice.Cutting and stabbing

cut verb (REDUCE)

B2 [T] to make something shorter, lower, smaller, etc.: to cut prices/costs to cut overtime/wagesBecoming and making smaller or lessBecoming and making less strong

cut verb (REMOVE)

B2 [T] to remove something from something else: The sex scenes had been cut out of the English version of the film.Removing and getting rid of thingsTaking things away from someone or somewhere cut and paste to move words or pictures from one place to another in a computer documentOperating computers cut sb out of your will to decide not to leave someone any of your money or possessions when you dieInheriting and bequeathing

cut verb (MISS)

[T] mainly US informal to not go, especially to a place where you should be: Your son has been cutting classes.Avoiding actionLaziness and lazy people

cut verb (STOP)

[I or T] to stop or interrupt something: to cut an engine/a motor "Cut! (= stop filming!)" shouted the director.Cancelling and interruptingCausing something to endComing to an end cut sb short to stop someone from talking before they have finished what they were saying: He started to explain, but she cut him short.Cancelling and interruptingCausing something to endComing to an end cut it/that out! informal used to tell someone to stop talking or stop behaving in an annoying way: Just cut it out! I've had enough of your silly jokes.Expressions telling people to stop doing something

cut verb (GROW TEETH)

cut a tooth (of a baby) to grow a new tooth: The baby's cutting a tooth. That's why she's crying.The teethDentistryProblems with bones, joints and teeth

cut verb (TAKE SHORT WAY)

[I usually + adv/prep] to go through or across a place, especially in order to get somewhere quickly: to cut through a passageCrossing and moving through cut a corner UK to fail to keep to your own side of the road when going round a cornerDriving and operating road vehicles

cut verb (CARDS)

[I or T] to choose a playing card by dividing a pile of cards into two parts: Who's going to cut the cards?Actions involved in playing cards

cut verb (RECORD)

[T] to record music or speech on a record: When did the Stones cut their first record?Recording sounds and images

cut

noun uk   /kʌt/ us  

cut noun (INJURY)

B1 [C] an injury made when the skin is cut with something sharp: a deep cutCutting and stabbing

cut noun (MEAT)

[C] a piece of meat cut from a particular part of an animal: Sirloin is the most expensive cut of beef.Cutting and stabbing

cut noun (STYLE)

[S] the shape into which something is cut: I don't like the cut of these jeans.Cutting and stabbing

cut noun (REDUCTION)

C1 [C] a reduction in the number, amount, or rate of something: a cut in expenditure/interest rates/hospital waiting listsBecoming and making smaller or lessBecoming and making less strong cuts [plural] reductions in public spending: Students and workers were out on the streets protesting against the cuts.Economics and the state of the economy

cut noun (PART REMOVED)

[C] the act of removing a part from a book, film, etc., or a part that is removed: The movie contains some very violent scenes, so some cuts were made when it was shown on TV.Removing and getting rid of thingsTaking things away from someone or somewhere

cut noun (SHARE)

[S] informal a share of something, usually money: When am I going to get my cut?Cutting and stabbing
(Definition of cut from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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