Definition of curb verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

curb

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//kɜːb//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kɜːrb//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they curb
BrE BrE//kɜːb//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kɜːrb//
 
he / she / it curbs
BrE BrE//kɜːbz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kɜːrbz//
 
past simple curbed
BrE BrE//kɜːbd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kɜːrbd//
 
past participle curbed
BrE BrE//kɜːbd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kɜːrbd//
 
-ing form curbing
BrE BrE//ˈkɜːbɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɜːrbɪŋ//
 
 
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 curb something to control or limit something, especially something bad synonym check He needs to learn to curb his temper. A range of policies have been introduced aimed at curbing inflation. Word Origin late 15th cent. (denoting a strap fastened to the bit): from Old French courber ‘bend, bow’, from Latin curvare ‘to bend’, from curvus ‘bent’.Extra examples This legislation will drastically curb the power of local authorities. a new law designed to curb harmful emissions from factories a range of policies aimed at curbing inflation New measures should curb the speed of cars travelling through the village. She has to curb her natural exuberance. They were criticized for failing to curb public spending.
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