cut verb cut cut
, cutting cut·ting
, cuts verb, transitive
- To penetrate with a sharp edge; strike a narrow opening in.
- To separate into parts with or as if with a sharp-edged instrument; sever: cut cloth with scissors.
- To sever the edges or ends of; shorten: cut one's hair.
- To mow, reap, or harvest: cut grain; cut grass.
- To fell by sawing; hew.
- To have (a new tooth) grow through the gums.
a. To form or shape by severing or incising: a doll that was cut from paper.
b. To form or shape by grinding: cut a diamond.
a. To form by penetrating, probing, or digging: cut a trench.
b. To exhibit the appearance or give the impression of: cuts a fine figure on the dance floor.
a. To separate from a main body; detach: cut a limb from a tree.
b. To separate from a group: cut a calf from a herd.
c. To discharge from a group or number: had to cut six players from the team.
- To pass through or across; cross: a sailboat cutting the water.
- Games To divide (a deck of cards) into two parts, as in completing a shuffle or in exposing a card at random.
- To reduce the size, extent, or duration of; curtail or shorten: cut a payroll; cut a budget; cut the cooking time in half.
a. To remove or delete: cut a line from a poem.
b. Computer Science To remove (a segment) from a document or graphics file for storage in a buffer.
- To lessen the strength of; dilute: cut whiskey with water.
- To dissolve by breaking down the fat of: Soap cuts grease.
- To injure the feelings of; hurt keenly.
- To refuse to speak to or recognize; snub: cut me dead at the party.
- To fail to attend purposely: cut a class.
- Informal To cease; stop: cut the noise; cut an engine.
- Sports To strike (a ball) so that it spins in a reverse direction.
a. To perform: cut a caper.
b. To make out and issue: cut a check to cover travel expenses.
- 22. Slang To be able to manage; handle successfully: couldn't cut the long hours anymore.
- 23. To stop filming (a movie scene).
a. To record a performance on (a phonograph record or other medium).
b. To make a recording of.
- 25. To edit (film or recording tape).
- 26. Vulgar Slang To expel (a discharge of intestinal gas).
- To make an incision or a separation: Cut along the dotted line.
- To allow incision or severing: Butter cuts easily.
- To function as a sharp-edged instrument.
a. To remove part of something, such as a text or film.
b. Computer Science To remove a part of a document or graphics file and store it in a buffer.
- To grow through the gums. Used of teeth.
- To injure someone's feelings: a remark that cut without mercy.
- To change direction abruptly: Cut to the left at the next intersection.
- To go directly and often hastily: cut across a field.
- Games To divide a pack of cards into two parts, especially in order to make a chance decision or selection.
- To make an abrupt change of image or sound, as in filming: cut from one shot to another.
- To be very astute and penetrating: an analysis that cuts deep.
- The act of cutting.
- The result of cutting, especially an opening or wound made by a sharp edge.
- A part that has been cut from a main body: a cut of beef; a cut of cloth.
- A passage made by digging or probing.
- The elimination or removal of a part: a cut in a speech.
- A reduction: a cut in salary.
- Sports The remainder of contestants in a competition, especially in golf, after some have been eliminated: did very well but still missed the cut.
- The style in which a garment is cut: a suit of traditional cut.
- A haircut.
- Informal A portion of profits or earnings; a share.
- A wounding remark; an insult.
- An unexcused absence, as from school or a class.
- A step in a scale of value or quality; degree: a cut above the average.
a. An engraved block or plate.
b. A print made from such a block.
- Sports A stroke that causes a ball to spin in a reverse direction.
- Baseball A swing of a bat.
- Games The act of dividing a deck of cards into two parts, as before dealing.
- One of the objects used in drawing lots.
- An abrupt change of image or sound, as between shots in a film.
- A transition from one scene to another in a film, video, or television program.
- 21. A movie at a given stage in its editing: approved the final cut for distribution.
- 22. A single selection of music from a recording, especially a phonograph recording.
Phrasal Verbs: cut back
- Having the ends or edges cut: admired his newly cut hair.
- Having been cut or clipped off: cut grass that blew in the wind.
- Printing Having the page edge slit or trimmed. Used of a book.
- Ground to a specific shape: cut gemstones.
- Slang Circumcised. Used of a man or boy.
To shorten by cutting; prune. To reduce or decrease: cut back production. cut down
To kill or strike down. To alter by removing extra or additional fittings: cut down a car for racing.
To reduce the amount taken or used: cutting down on one's intake of rich foods. cut in
To move into a line of people or things out of turn. To interrupt: During the debate my opponent kept cutting in.
To interrupt a dancing couple in order to dance with one of them. To connect or become connected into an electrical circuit. To mix in with or as if with cutting motions: Measure out the flour and use a pair of knives to cut the shortening in.
To include, especially among those profiting. cut off
To separate from others; isolate. To stop suddenly; discontinue. To shut off; bar. To interrupt the course or passage of: The infielder cut off the throw to the plate.
To interrupt or break the line of communication of: The telephone operator cut us off.
To disinherit: cut their heirs off without a cent. cut out
To remove by or as if by cutting. To form or shape by or as if by cutting. To take the place of; supplant. To suit or fit by nature: I'm not cut out to be a hero.
To assign beforehand or by necessity; predetermine: We've got our work cut out for us.
To deprive: felt cut out of all the fun.
To stop; cease. Informal
To depart hastily. Chiefly Southern U.S.
To turn off (a light or television set). cut up Informal
To behave in a playful, comic, or boisterous way; clown. To criticize severely.
Origin: Middle English cutten.