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Definition of curtail verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



curtail something (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they curtail
he / she / it curtails
past simple curtailed
-ing form curtailing
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to limit something or make it last for a shorter time Spending on books has been severely curtailed. The lecture was curtailed by the fire alarm going off.
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noun [uncountable] the curtailment of civil liberties
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: curtail