HyperDic: cut_back

English > 4 senses of the expression cut back:
VERBmotioncut back, flash backreturn in time
changecut back, reduce, cut down, trim, trim down, trim back, cut, bring downcut down on
contactcut back, snip, clip, crop, trim, lop, dress, prunecultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of
changecut back, restrict, curtail, curbplace restrictions on
English > cut back: 4 senses > verb 1, motion
MeaningReturn in time.
PatternSomething ----s; Something is ----ing PP
Example"the film cut back to an earlier event in the story"
Synonymflash back
BroaderreturnGo or come back to place, condition, or activity where one has been before
English > cut back: 4 senses > verb 2, change
Meaningcut down on; make a reduction in.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Example "The employer wants to cut back health benefits"
Synonymsreduce, cut down, trim, trim down, trim back, cut, bring down
NarrowerdeflateReduce or cut back the amount or availability of, creating a decline in value or prices
downsizeReduce in size or number
inflateincrease the amount or availability of, creating a rise in value
quenchReduce the degree of (luminescence or phosphorescence) in (excited molecules or a material) by adding a suitable substance
retrenchmake a reduction, as in one's workforce
shave, knock offcut the price of
shortenmake shorter / shorter than originally / originally intended
slashcut drastically
spillReduce the pressure of wind on (a sail)
subtractTake off or away
take away, detracttake away a part from
thinmake thin or thinner
thin outmake sparse
Broaderdecrease, lessen, minifymake smaller
See alsocutweed out unwanted or unnecessary things
Similar tocutHave a reducing effect
Spanishbajar, cortar, rebajar, recortar, reducir
Catalanreduir, retallar, tallar-se, tallar
Nounscutbacka reduction in quantity or rate
English > cut back: 4 senses > verb 3, contact
Meaningcultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something
ModelThey cut back the trees
Synonymssnip, clip, crop, trim, lop, dress, prune
Narrowerdisbudthin out buds to improve the quality of the remaining flowers
poll, pollardconvert into a pollard
shearcut with shears
top, pinchcut the top off
Broaderthin outmake sparse
Spanishpodar
Catalanesporgar, podar
English > cut back: 4 senses > verb 4, change
Meaningplace restrictions on.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s somebody; Something ----s something
Synonymsrestrict, curtail, curb
NarrowerabridgeLessen, diminish, or curtail
immobilize, immobiliseCause to be unable to move
rationrestrict the consumption of a relatively scarce commodity, as during war
restrict, controlplace under restrictions
Broaderlimit, circumscribe, confine torestrict or confine, "I limit you to two visits to the pub a day"
See alsocutweed out unwanted or unnecessary things
Spanishlimitar, restringir
Catalanlimitar, restringir

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