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cur·tail  (kr-tl)
tr.v. cur·tailed, cur·tail·ing, cur·tails
To cut short or reduce. See Synonyms at shorten.

[Middle English curtailen, to restrict, probably blend of Old French courtauld, docked; see curtal, and Middle English taillen, to cut (from Old French tailler; see tailor).]

cur·tailer n.
cur·tailment n.

curtail  /krtel/  v. [T] to cut back, (syns.) to diminish, shorten: After his heart attack, he curtailed all his activities and worked only a few hours a day. curtail

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