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  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.

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  2. 2

    cut down

    or

    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.

  3. 5
    [transitive] [often passive] literary if a weapon, bullet, or illness cuts someone down, it kills or injures them
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