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Definition 1: place restrictions on - [verb of change]

Samples where cut back or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • curtail drinking in school

Synonyms for cut back in the sense of this definition

(cut back is a kind of ...) restrict or confine within limits

"I limit you to two visits to the pub a day" "please confine your questions to the topic" "our actions are circumscribed by our biology, personality, and by the social and cultural context into which we are born"

(... is a kind of cut back ) lessen, diminish, or curtail

"the new law might abridge our freedom of expression"

(... is a kind of cut back ) cause to be unable to move

"The sudden storm immobilized the traffic"

(... is a kind of cut back ) restrict the consumption of a relatively scarce commodity, as during war

"Bread was rationed during the siege of the city"

(... is a kind of cut back ) place under restrictions; limit access to by law

"this substance is controlled" "that area is restricted to security personnel only"

Definition 2: cut down on; make a reduction in - [verb of change]

Samples where cut back or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • reduce your daily fat intake
  • The employer wants to cut back health benefits

Synonyms for cut back in the sense of this definition

(cut back is a kind of ...) make smaller

"He decreased his staff"

(... is a kind of cut back ) make shorter than originally intended; reduce or retrench in length or duration

"He shortened his trip due to illness"

(... is a kind of cut back ) take off or away

"this prefix was subtracted when the word was borrowed from French"

(... is a kind of cut back ) (of a company) reduce in size or number of employees

"the company downsized its research staff"

(... is a kind of cut back ) increase the amount or availability of, creating a rise in value

"inflate the currency"

(... is a kind of cut back ) reduce or cut back the amount or availability of, creating a decline in value or prices

"deflate the currency"

(... is a kind of cut back ) take away a part from; diminish

"His bad manners detract from his good character"

(... is a kind of cut back ) make thin or thinner

"Thin the solution"

(... is a kind of cut back ) make sparse

"thin out the young plants"

(... is a kind of cut back ) cut drastically

"Prices were slashed"

(... is a kind of cut back ) make a reduction, as in one's workforce

"The company had to retrench"

(... is a kind of cut back ) reduce the degree of (luminescence or phosphorescence) in (excited molecules or a material) by adding a suitable substance

(... is a kind of cut back ) reduce the pressure of wind on (a sail)

(... is a kind of cut back ) cut the price of

(cut back has a similar meaning as ...) have a reducing effect

"This cuts into my earnings"

Definition 3: cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of - [verb of contact]

Samples where cut back or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • dress the plants in the garden

Synonyms for cut back in the sense of this definition

(cut back is a kind of ...) make sparse

"thin out the young plants"

(... is a kind of cut back ) cut with shears

"shear hedges"

(... is a kind of cut back ) convert into a pollard

"pollard trees"

(... is a kind of cut back ) cut the top off

"top trees and bushes"

(... is a kind of cut back ) thin out buds to improve the quality of the remaining flowers

Definition 4: return in time - [verb of motion]

Samples where cut back or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the film cut back to an earlier event in the story

Synonyms for cut back in the sense of this definition

(cut back is a kind of ...) go or come back to place, condition, or activity where one has been before

"return to your native land" "the professor returned to his teaching position after serving as Dean"

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