cut down

verb
1. cut down on; make a reduction in (Freq. 8)
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reduce your daily fat intake

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The employer wants to cut back health benefits

Syn:
reduce, ↑cut back, ↑trim, ↑trim down, ↑trim back, ↑cut, ↑bring down
Derivationally related forms: ↑trim (for: ↑trim), ↑cutback (for: ↑cut back), ↑reductive (for: ↑reduce), ↑reduction (for: ↑reduce)
Hypernyms: ↑decrease, ↑lessen, ↑minify
Hyponyms:
shorten, ↑spill, ↑quench, ↑retrench, ↑slash, ↑thin out, ↑thin, ↑take away, ↑detract, ↑deflate, ↑inflate, ↑downsize, ↑subtract, ↑shave, ↑knock off
Verb Group: ↑cut
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Something ——s something

2. cut with sweeping strokes; as with an ax or machete (Freq. 1)
Syn: ↑slash
Derivationally related forms: ↑slash (for: ↑slash), ↑slasher (for: ↑slash)
Hypernyms: ↑cut
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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They cut down the trees

3. cause to come or go down (Freq. 1)
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The policeman downed the heavily armed suspect

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The mugger knocked down the old lady after she refused to hand over her wallet

Syn: ↑down, ↑knock down, ↑push down, ↑pull down
Derivationally related forms: ↑downer (for: ↑down)
Hypernyms: ↑strike
Hyponyms: ↑submarine
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s somebody

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Something ——s somebody

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Something ——s something

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The fighter managed to cut down his opponent

4. intercept (a player) (Freq. 1)
Syn: ↑cut out
Topics: ↑baseball, ↑baseball game
Hypernyms: ↑check, ↑turn back, ↑arrest, ↑stop, ↑contain, ↑hold back
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s somebody

5. cut with a blade or mower
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mow the grass

Syn: ↑mow
Derivationally related forms: ↑mow (for: ↑mow), ↑mower (for: ↑mow)
Hypernyms: ↑cut
Hyponyms: ↑scythe
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Something ——s something

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They cut down rye in the field

6. cause to fall by or as if by delivering a blow
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strike down a tree

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Lightning struck down the hikers

Syn: ↑fell, ↑drop, ↑strike down
Derivationally related forms: ↑feller (for: ↑fell), ↑fell (for: ↑fell)
Hypernyms: ↑cut
Hyponyms: ↑chop down, ↑poleax, ↑poleaxe, ↑log, ↑lumber, ↑cut
Cause: ↑descend, ↑fall, ↑go down, ↑come down
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s somebody

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Something ——s something

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They cut down the trees

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cut down [phrasal verb]
1 : to use less or do less of something

I haven't been able to quit smoking completely, but at least I've cut down. [=cut back]

— often + on

I've had to cut down on [=reduce, cut back on] the amount of money I spend on clothes.

She suggested he cut down on his drinking.

a building material that helps cut down on noise

2 cut (something) down or cut down (something)
2 a : to remove (a tree or bush) by cutting through its trunk or base

Most of the tree was dead, so we had to cut it down.

Much of the forest has been cut down for firewood.

2 b : to reduce the size or amount of (something)

We used a shortcut that cut down our traveling time by 15 minutes.

The machine significantly cuts down the amount of work necessary to harvest crops.

3 cut (someone) down or cut down (someone) : to kill or wound (someone)

She was cut down by a stray bullet.

The composer Schubert was cut down in his prime by illness. [=he died because of illness when he was in his prime]

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Main Entry:cut

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ˌcut sthˈdown (to…) | ˌcut ˈdown (on sth) derived
to reduce the size, amount or number of sth

We need to cut the article down to 1 000 words.

The doctor told him to cut down on his drinking.

I won't have a cigarette, thanks— I'm trying to cut down

(= smoke fewer)

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Main entry:cutderived

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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