Meaning of CUT in English


I. ˈkət verb

( cut ; cut·ting )

Etymology: Middle English cutten

Date: 13th century

transitive verb


a. : to penetrate with or as if with an edged instrument

b. : to hurt the feelings of

c. : to strike sharply with a cutting effect

d. : to strike (a ball) with a glancing blow that imparts a reverse spin

e. : to experience the growth of (a tooth) through the gum


a. : trim , pare

cut one's nails

b. : to shorten by omissions

cut the manuscript

c. : dilute , adulterate

cut the whiskey with water

d. : to reduce in amount

cut costs


a. : mow , reap

cut hay


(1) : to divide into parts with an edged tool

cut bread

(2) : fell , hew


(1) : to separate or discharge from an organization

cut them from the team

(2) : to single out and isolate

cut a calf out from the herd

d. : to turn (as a steering wheel) sharply

the driver cut the wheel hard

e. : to go or pass around or about : bypass

cut the checkout line


a. : to divide into segments

cut the cake

b. : intersect , cross

one line cutting another

c. : break , interrupt

cut our supply lines


(1) : to divide (a deck of cards) into two portions

(2) : to draw (a card) from the deck

e. : to divide into shares : split

f. : analyze , break down

any way you cut it, we won


a. : to make by or as if by cutting: as

(1) : carve

cut stone

(2) : to shape by grinding

cut a diamond

(3) : engrave

(4) : to shear or hollow out

cut a groove


(1) : to sing, play, or act for the recording of

cut an album

cut a commercial

(2) : to sing or play (as a song or a track) for a studio recording

c. : to type on a stencil

d. : edit 1b

cut a motion picture


a. : stop , cease

cut the nonsense

b. : to refuse to recognize (an acquaintance)

they cut her dead at the party

c. : to absent oneself from (as a class)

d. : to stop (a motor) by opening a switch

e. : to stop the filming of (a motion-picture scene)


a. : to engage in (a frolicsome or mischievous action)

on summer nights strange capers are cut under the thin guise of a Christian festival — D. C. Peattie

b. : to give the appearance or impression of

cut a fine figure

8. : to be able to manage or handle — usually used in negative constructions

can't cut that kind of work anymore


a. : to yield or accord to another : give

cut me some slack

b. : to fill out and sign (a check)

intransitive verb


a. : to function as or as if as an edged tool

b. : to undergo incision or severance

cheese cut s easily

c. : to perform the operation of dividing, severing, incising, or intersecting

d. : to make a stroke with a whip, sword, or other weapon

e. : to wound feelings or sensibilities

f. : to cause constriction or chafing

g. : to be of effect, influence, or significance

an analysis that cut s deep



(1) : to divide a pack of cards especially in order to decide the deal or settle a bet

(2) : to draw a card from the pack

b. : to divide spoils : split


a. : to proceed obliquely from a straight course

cut across the yard

b. : to move swiftly

a yacht cutting through the water

c. : to describe an oblique or diagonal line

d. : to change sharply in direction : swerve

e. : to make an abrupt transition from one sound or image to another in motion pictures, radio, or television

f. : to make a sudden transition or imaginative leap

the story cut s to 1917

4. : to stop photographing motion pictures

5. : to advance by skipping or bypassing another

cut to the front of the line

- cut a deal

- cut both ways

- cut corners

- cut ice

- cut it

- cut loose

- cut one's teeth

- cut the mustard

- cut to the chase

II. noun

Date: 1530

1. : a product of cutting: as


(1) : an opening made with an edged instrument

(2) : a wound made by something sharp : gash

b. : a creek, channel, or inlet made by excavation or worn by natural action

c. : a surface or outline left by cutting

d. : a passage cut as a roadway

e. : a grade or step especially in a social scale

a cut above the ordinary

f. : a subset of a set such that when it is subtracted from the set the remainder is not connected

g. : a pictorial illustration

h. : track 1e(2)

2. : the act or an instance of cutting: as

a. : a gesture or expression that hurts the feelings

made an unkind cut

b. : a straight passage or course

c. : a stroke or blow with the edge of a knife or other edged tool

d. : a lash with or as if with a whip

e. : the act of reducing or removing a part

a cut in pay

f. : an act or turn of cutting cards ; also : the result of cutting

g. : the elimination of part of a large field from further participation, consideration, or competition (as in a golf tournament) — often used with miss or make to denote respectively being or not being among those eliminated

played well and made the cut

3. : something that is cut or cut off: as

a. : a length of cloth varying from 40 to 100 yards (36.6 to 91.4 meters)

b. : the yield of products cut especially during one harvest

c. : a segment or section of a meat carcass or a part of one

d. : a group of animals selected from a herd

e. : share

took his cut of the profits

4. : a voluntary absence from a class


a. : a stroke that cuts a ball ; also : the spin imparted by such a stroke

b. : a swing by a batter at a pitched baseball

c. : an exchange of captures in checkers

6. : a result of editing: as

a. : an abrupt transition from one sound or image to another in motion pictures, radio, or television

b. : an edited version of a film


a. : the shape and style in which a thing is cut, formed, or made

clothes of the latest cut

b. : pattern , type

c. : haircut

- cut of one's jib

III. adjective

: marked by a well-developed and highly defined musculature

cut abs

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