Meaning of “cut” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb uk us /kʌt/ (present participle cutting, past tense and past participle cut)
KNIFE [ I, T ]

A2 to use a knife or other sharp tool to divide something, remove part of something, or make a hole in something:

Use a pair of scissors to cut the paper.
Cut the meat into small pieces.
He cut the piece of wood in half.
I had my hair cut last week.
Surgeons cut out the tumour.
She cut off all the diseased buds.
These old scissors don't cut very well.

B2 to reduce the size or amount of something:

Prices have been cut by 25%.
The company is cutting 50 jobs.

B1 to injure yourself on a sharp object that makes you bleed:

She cut her finger on a broken glass.

B2 to remove part of a film or piece of writing:

The film was too long so they cut some scenes.
→ See also cut corners , cut it/things fine , have your work cut out

(Definition of “cut verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)