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Meaning of CURTAIL

Pronunciation:  'kurteyl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  place restrictions on; "curtail drinking in school"
  2. [v]  terminate or abbreviate before its intended or proper end or its full extent; "My speech was cut short"; "Personal freedom is curtailed in many countries"

CURTAIL is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: clip, curb, cut back, cut short, restrict
 See Also: circumscribe, confine, immobilise, immobilize, limit, shorten



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Cur*tail"\ (k[u^]r*t[=a]l"), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
    {Curtailed} (-t[=a]ld"); p. pr. & vb. n. {Curtailing}.] [See
    To cut off the end or tail, or any part, of; to shorten; to
    abridge; to diminish; to reduce.
          I, that am curtailed of this fair proportion. --Shak.
          Our incomes have been curtailed; his salary has been
          doubled.                                 --Macaulay.
  2. \Cur"tail\ (k?r"t?l), n.
    The scroll termination of any architectural member, as of a
    step, etc.
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