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"curtail" in British English

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curtailverb [T]

uk   /kəˈteɪl/  us   /kɚ-/
curtailment
noun [C or U] uk   us   /-mənt/
(Definition of curtail from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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curtailverb [T]

 us   /kərˈteɪl/
to ​reduce or ​limit something, or to ​stop something before it is ​finished: He had to curtail his ​speech when ​timeran out.
curtailment
noun [U]  us   /kərˈteɪl·mənt/
(Definition of curtail from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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curtailverb [T]

uk   us   /kɜːˈteɪl/
to ​reduce or ​limit something: The Federal Reserve ​raisedinterestrates slightly to curtail ​inflation. The last ​government severely curtailedtradeunionrights.
curtailment
noun [C or U]
They will not willingly ​accept any curtailment of their ​civil liberties.
(Definition of curtail from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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