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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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