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present tense
I/you/we/theycut down
he/she/itcuts down
present participlecutting down
past tensecut down
past participlecut down

Related dictionary definitions

  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] cut down something to reduce an amount of something

    How can you cut down the risk of cancer?

    cut down on:

    These improvements will cut down on traffic noise.

  2. 2

    cut down

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    cut back

    [intransitive/transitive] to start doing less of something, especially because it is bad for your health

    The doctor advised him to cut down his working hours.

    cut down on:

    I'm trying to cut down on salt.

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