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cut

verb
 
 
/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.Cutting and stabbing
REDUCE [T] B2 to reduce the size or amount of something: Prices have been cut by 25%. The company is cutting 50 jobs.Becoming and making smaller or lessBecoming and making less strong
INJURE [T] B1 to injure yourself on a sharp object that makes you bleed: She cut her finger on a broken glass.Cutting and stabbing
REMOVE [T] 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 Removing and getting rid of thingsTaking things away from someone or somewhere
(Definition of cut verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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