curb Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"curb" in British English

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curbverb [T]

uk   /kɜːb/  us   /kɝːb/
C2 to ​control or ​limit something that is not ​wanted: The ​government should ​act to curb ​taxevasion.
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curbnoun [C]

uk   /kɜːb/  us   /kɝːb/

curb noun [C] (CONTROL)

a ​limit on something that is not ​wanted: You must ​try to put a curb onyourbadtemper/​spendinghabits.

curb noun [C] (EDGE)

US spelling of kerb
(Definition of curb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"curb" in American English

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curbnoun [C]

 us   /kɜrb/

curb noun [C] (EDGE)

a ​raisededge along the ​side of a ​street, often ​formingpart of a ​path for ​people to ​walk on: She ​stood on the curb and ​waited until the ​lightturnedgreen to cross the ​street.

curbverb [T]

 us   /kɜrb/

curb verb [T] (CONTROL)

to ​control the ​growth or ​expression of something: You’ve got to ​learn to curb ​yourtemper.
(Definition of curb from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"curb" in Business English

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curbverb [T]

uk   us   /kɜːb/
to ​control or ​limit something that is not wanted: The Government should ​act to curb ​taxevasion. We will have to curb ​expenses.

curbnoun [C]

uk   us   /kɜːb/
a ​limit on something that is not wanted: curb (on sth) The ​legislature has put a curb on ​outsourcingstatecontractwork.
(Definition of curb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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