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verb cut pronunciation in American English /kʌt/
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present tense
present participlecutting
past tensecut
past participlecut
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to use a knife, pair of scissors, or other sharp tool to divide something into two or more pieces
    I’m going to cut the cake now.
    The telephone wires had been cut.
    cut something in half/two: The apples had been cut in half.
    cut something into pieces/quarters/three etc.: Cut the pepper into small pieces.
    1. a.
      to use a sharp tool to remove a piece from something
      I cut a slice of bread.
      cut someone something: Will you cut me a slice of pizza?
      cut something from/off something: You should cut that broken branch off the tree.
      cut something in/through something: Firemen had to cut a hole in the car roof to get him out.
    2. b.
      to use a sharp tool to make something shorter
      You need to cut your toenails.
      It’s Ken’s turn to cut the grass.
      have/get your hair cut: I’m going to have my hair cut tomorrow.
  2. 2
    [intransitive] to be capable of cutting in a particular way
    These scissors don’t cut very well.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to be able to cut a particular substance
      a tool that cuts metal easily
  3. 3
    [transitive] to injure a part of your body with something sharp that cuts the skin
    Be careful not to cut your finger.
    He cut himself shaving.
    Her face was badly cut by flying glass.
  4. 4
    [transitive] to reduce something such as the amount or level of something
    Supermarkets are drastically cutting prices.
    We have cut our spending by 33%.
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    cut off

    [transitive] to stop the supply of something, or to stop something working
    The accident had cut the oxygen to her brain.
    All lines of communication had been cut.
    Could you cut the engine for a minute?
  6. 8
    [transitive] to make something such as a piece of writing, a speech, a movie, or a broadcast shorter by removing parts from it
    You need to cut your speech by about 10 minutes.
  7. 9
    [intransitive/transitive] to divide a set of playing cards into two piles
  8. 10
    [transitive] to divide an area into two or more parts
    The Danube cuts Budapest in two.
  9. 12



    cut across

    [transitive] to pass through or across something
    the place where Broadway cuts 42nd Street
  10. 13



    cut in line

    [intransitive] American to take a place near the front of a line of people rather than going to the back



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