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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theycut down
he/she/itcuts down
present participlecutting down
past tensecut down
past participlecut down
  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


    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. 3
    [transitive] to make something such as a speech or piece of writing shorter
  4. 4
    [transitive] to cut through the trunk of a tree in order to make it fall to the ground
  5. 5
    [transitive] [often passive] literary if a weapon, bullet, or illness cuts someone down, it kills or injures them
  6. 6
    cut someone down to size to make someone accept that they are not as important or impressive as they believe they are
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