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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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