Curtail Definition

kər-tāl
curtailed, curtailing, curtails
verb
curtailed, curtailing, curtails
To cut short; reduce; abridge.
Webster's New World
To curtail is defined as to restrict something, stop something or deprive of something.
An example of curtail is when a town wants to stop drunk driving.
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(figuratively) To limit or restrict, keep in check.

Their efforts to curtail spending didn't quite succeed.
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noun

(architecture) A scroll termination, as of a step, etc.

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Origin of Curtail

  • Middle English curtailen to restrict probably blend of Old French courtauld docked curtal and Middle English taillen to cut (from Old French tailler tailor)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Alteration of curtal, from Old French courtault (“which has been shortened”), itself from court (“short”) (from Latin curtus) + -ault

    From Wiktionary

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