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noun [countable]     cut pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
  1. 1
    an injury on your skin where something sharp has cut it

    My son’s face was covered with cuts and bruises.

    She suffered a deep cut to her scalp.

    1. a.
      a mark or hole in a surface where something sharp has cut it

      Make a series of small cuts in the meat.

  2. 2
    a reduction in something
    cut in:

    The government threatened a cut in education spending.

  3. 3
    a piece of meat that has been cut from a particular part of the animal

    a lean cut of beef

    See also cold cuts
  4. 4
    [usually singular] informal someone’s part of a total amount of money

    The agent will take a 10% cut.

  5. 5
    [usually singular] the way in which someone’s hair has been cut

    We gave Jenny’s hair a softer cut.

    1. a.
      the way in which cloth has been cut that gives it a particular style or shape

      the stylish cut of his evening clothes

  6. 6
    [usually singular] the act or process of cutting something

    I chopped the log with one clean cut.

    1. a.
      the act of cutting someone’s hair

      a cut and blow-dry

  7. 7
    an act of making something such as a piece of writing, a speech, a movie, or a broadcast shorter

    Some drastic cuts have been made in the third act.

    1. a.
      an act of removing parts from something such as a piece of writing, a speech, a movie, or a broadcast, especially because they are not suitable
  8. 8
    cinema a way of arranging how a movie looks by moving, removing, or adding scenes

    the director’s cut

  9. 9
    cinema a quick move from one scene of a movie to another
  10. 10
    a passage cut through something such as rock
  11. 11
    music a piece of music that has been recorded
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  12. 12
    [usually singular] American a comment or action that hurts someone’s feelings
  13. 13
    [usually singular] a situation in which you pretend not to see or recognize someone you know
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