Curtail meaning

kər-tāl
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.

verb
3
0
To cut short or reduce.

We curtailed our conversation when other people entered the room.

verb
1
0
To cut short; reduce; abridge.
verb
1
0
To shorten or abridge the duration of something; to truncate.

When the audience grew restless, the speaker curtailed her speech.

verb
1
0
(figuratively) To limit or restrict, keep in check.

Their efforts to curtail spending didn't quite succeed.

verb
0
0
Advertisement
(architecture) A scroll termination, as of a step, etc.
noun
0
0

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