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verb cut pronunciation in British English /kʌt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlecutting
past tensecut
past participlecut
  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 from 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%.

  5. 6



    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
    [intransitive/transitive] to divide a set of playing cards into two piles
  7. 9
    [transitive] to divide an area into two or more parts

    The River Danube cuts Budapest in two.

  8. 12



    cut across

    [transitive] to pass through or across something

    the place where Kings Road cuts the High Street



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