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English verb: cut back

1. cut back (motion) return in time

SamplesThe film cut back to an earlier event in the story.

Synonymsflash back

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)return

2. cut back (change) cut down on; make a reduction in

SamplesReduce your daily fat intake.
The employer wants to cut back health benefits.

Synonymsbring down, cut, cut down, reduce, trim, trim back, trim down

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

Broader (hypernym)decrease, lessen, minify

Narrower (hyponym)deflate, detract, downsize, inflate, knock off, quench, retrench, shave, shorten, slash, spill, subtract, take away, thin, thin out

Verb groupcut

3. cut back (contact) cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of

SamplesDress the plants in the garden.

ExamplesThey cut back the trees

Synonymsclip, crop, dress, lop, prune, snip, trim

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

Broader (hypernym)thin out

Narrower (hyponym)disbud, pinch, poll, pollard, shear, top

4. cut back (change) place restrictions on

SamplesCurtail drinking in school.

Synonymscurb, curtail, restrict

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

Broader (hypernym)circumscribe, confine, limit

Narrower (hyponym)abridge, immobilise, immobilize

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