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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theycut out
he/she/itcuts out
present participlecutting out
past tensecut out
past participlecut out
  1. 1
    [transitive] to remove something from a larger piece by cutting
    cut something out of something:

    I cut this article out of a magazine for you.

    1. a.
      to make something by cutting it from a larger piece
      cut something out from something:

      Using the 5cm cutter, cut out six circles from the rectangular cake.

  2. 2
    [transitive] same as cut

    They’ve cut out several scenes in which I appeared.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to stop eating something or doing something, especially because it is bad for your health
  4. 4
    [transitive] cut out something to stop something such as noise or light from reaching a place
  5. 5
    [transitive] cut someone out to not allow someone to do something or get something
    cut someone out of something:

    I don’t want to cut the children out of our plans.

    cut someone out of your will (=not leave them anything when you die):

    Frank’s mother cut him out of her will.

  6. 7
    [intransitive] mainly American to suddenly leave a line of traffic and join another one
  7. 8
    cut it/that out spoken used for telling someone to stop doing something that you do not like

    Will you cut it out – I’m trying to sleep here!

  8. 9
    not be cut out for something/to do something to lack the right qualities or character for doing something

    Bill was never cut out to be a parent.

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