cut back - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb
present tense
I/you/we/theycut back
he/she/itcuts back
present participlecutting back
past tensecut back
past participlecut back
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to reduce the amount of something, especially money that you spend

    It’s time we cut back a little.

    cut back on:

    We’re trying to cut back on the amount we spend on food.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] same as cut down (sense 2)

    Pete smokes but he’s trying to cut back.

    cut back on:

    If you cut back on fat and sugar, you’ll lose weight.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to remove parts of a plant or tree in order to reduce its size
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See also main entry: cut