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English verb: curtail

1. curtail (change) place restrictions on


SamplesCurtail drinking in school.


Synonymscurb, cut back, restrict


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)circumscribe, confine, limit


Narrower (hyponym)abridge, immobilise, immobilize

2. curtail (change) terminate or abbreviate before its intended or proper end or its full extent


SamplesMy speech was cut short.
Personal freedom is curtailed in many countries.


Synonymsclip, cut short


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)shorten









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