Meaning of “cut sth down” in the English Dictionary

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cut sth down

phrasal verb with cut uk /kʌt/ us /kʌt/ verb present participle cutting, past tense and past participle cut


to reduce the number, amount, or size of something:

Patients were asked if they had cut down their use of painkillers.
I need to cut this section down to 500 words.

(Definition of “cut sth down” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)