Definition of


  1. (noun, possession) a share of the profits
  2. (noun, communication) (film) an immediate transition from one shot to the next
  3. (noun, artifact) a trench resembling a furrow that was made by erosion or excavation
  4. (noun, state) a step on some scale
  5. (noun, state) a wound made by cutting
  6. (noun, food) a piece of meat that has been cut from an animal carcass
  7. (noun, communication) a remark capable of wounding mentally
  8. (noun, communication) a distinct selection of music from a recording or a compact disc
    the title track of the album
  9. (noun, communication) the omission that is made when an editorial change shortens a written passage
    both parties agreed on the excision of the proposed clause
  10. (noun, cognition) the style in which a garment is cut
  11. (noun, artifact) a canal made by erosion or excavation
  12. (noun, act) a refusal to recognize someone you know
  13. (noun, act) in baseball; a batter's attempt to hit a pitched ball
  14. (noun, act) (sports) a stroke that puts reverse spin on the ball
  15. (noun, act) the division of a deck of cards before dealing
    the cutting of the cards soon became a ritual
  16. (noun, act) the act of penetrating or opening open with a sharp edge
  17. (noun, act) the act of cutting something into parts
    his cutting of the cake made a terrible mess
  18. (noun, act) the act of shortening something by chopping off the ends
  19. (noun, act) the act of reducing the amount or number
  20. (noun, act) an unexcused absence from class
  21. (verb, contact) separate with or as if with an instrument
  22. (verb, change) cut down on; make a reduction in
    The employer wants to cut back health benefits
  23. (verb, motion) turn sharply; change direction abruptly
    The motorbike veered to the right
  24. (verb, contact) make an incision or separation
  25. (verb, social) discharge from a group
  26. (verb, creation) form by probing, penetrating, or digging
    cut trenches
    The sweat cut little rivulets into her face
  27. (verb, creation) style and tailor in a certain fashion
  28. (verb, contact) hit (a ball) with a spin so that it turns in the opposite direction
  29. (verb, communication) make out and issue
    cut a ticket
    Please make the check out to me
  30. (verb, change) cut and assemble the components of
    cut recording tape
  31. (verb, stative) intentionally fail to attend
  32. (verb, social) be able to manage or manage successfully
    she could not cut the long days in the office
  33. (verb, perception) give the appearance or impression of
  34. (verb, motion) move (one's fist)
  35. (verb, motion) pass directly and often in haste
  36. (verb, motion) pass through or across
  37. (verb, motion) make an abrupt change of image or sound
  38. (verb, motion) stop filming
  39. (verb, creation) make a recording of
    She cut all of her major titles again
  40. (verb, creation) record a performance on (a medium)
  41. (verb, creation) create by duplicating data
    burn a CD
  42. (verb, creation) form or shape by cutting or incising
  43. (verb, creation) perform or carry out
  44. (verb, contact) function as a cutting instrument
  45. (verb, contact) allow incision or separation
  46. (verb, contact) divide a deck of cards at random into two parts to make selection difficult
    She cut the deck for a long time
  47. (verb, contact) cause to stop operating by disengaging a switch
    cut the engine
    turn out the lights
  48. (verb, contact) reap or harvest
  49. (verb, contact) fell by sawing; hew
  50. (verb, contact) penetrate injuriously
  51. (verb, communication) refuse to acknowledge
  52. (verb, change) shorten as if by severing the edges or ends of
  53. (verb, change) weed out unwanted or unnecessary things
  54. (verb, change) dissolve by breaking down the fat of
  55. (verb, change) have a reducing effect
  56. (verb, change) cease, stop
    We had to cut short the conversation
  57. (verb, change) reduce in scope while retaining essential elements
  58. (verb, change) lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture
  59. (verb, body) have grow through the gums
  60. (verb, body) grow through the gums
  61. (verb, body) cut off the testicles (of male animals such as horses)
  62. (adj, all) separated into parts or laid open or penetrated with a sharp edge or instrument
    cut tobacco
    blood from his cut forehead
    bandages on her cut wrists
  63. (adj, all) fashioned or shaped by cutting
    cut diamonds
    cut velvet
  64. (adj, all) with parts removed
  65. (adj, all) made neat and tidy by trimming
  66. (adj, all) (used of grass or vegetation) cut down with a hand implement or machine
  67. (adj, all) (of pages of a book) having the folds of the leaves trimmed or slit
  68. (adj, all) (of a male animal) having the testicles removed
  69. (adj, all) (used of rates or prices) reduced usually sharply
  70. (adj, all) mixed with water
    a cup of thinned soup

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Antonyms of Cut


Alternate forms of Cut

Derivations: cutter, cutting

Hyponyms: bevel, bisect, blast, bob, bore, bowdlerise, bowdlerize, break off, brisket, budget cut, bunk off, carve, castrate, chamfer, chase, chatter, check, chine, chip, chip at, chop, chop up, circumcise, clip, clipping, concentrate, condense, confit, cost cutting, cradle, crop, crosscut, cube, cut across, cut away, cut down, cut of beef, cut of lamb, cut of mutton, cut of pork, cut of veal, cut off, cut up, deflate, detract, dice, digest, discerp, dissect, dissection, dock, downsize, drill, drop, entrecote, expurgate, fell, forequarter, french, furrow, gash, gore, hack, haircut, hindquarter, hob, incise, incision, indent, inflate, jag, joint, julienne, jump cut, kill, knap, knock off, leg, loin, lop, manicure, mortice, mortise, mow, neck, nick, nip, nip off, notch, pare, pay cut, peel off, pink, plane, play hooky, price cut, price cutting, quench, rack, rake-off, rebate, retrench, rib, rip, roast, saber, sabre, saddle, salary cut, saw, scission, scissor, section, sever, severance, severing, shank, shave, shear, shearing, shin, shin bone, shorten, shoulder, side, side of meat, sirloin, slash, slice, slice up, slicing, slit, snick, snip, snip off, spending cut, spill, steak, strike down, subtract, surgical incision, tail, take away, tap, tax cut, tenderloin, thin, thin out, tomahawk, transect, trench, trim, trimming, trisect, undercut, vigorish, water down, whittle, yaw

Hypernyms: absence, abuse, acquire, alter, appear, be, break up, canal, castrate, change, contend, contumely, cope, create, cut down, cut off, deal, decrease, demasculinise, demasculinize, design, develop, diminution, discharge, disrupt, dissolve, disunite, divide, division, do, do away with, do by, drop, editing, eliminate, emasculate, excerpt, excerption, execute, extinguish, extract, fashion, fell, flip, free, function, furrow, get, get by, get rid of, glean, go, go across, go through, gradation, grapple, grow, handle, harvest, hit, insult, interrupt, lesion, lessen, look, make, make do, make out, manage, meat, minify, miss, mix, modify, move, move through, opening, operate, part, pass, pass across, pass over, pass through, penetrate, percentage, perforate, perform, portion, produce, reap, rebuff, record, redaction, reduction, resolve, revilement, ruffle, run, seem, selection, separate, share, shift, shorten, shortening, shot, shuffle, slight, step, step-down, stop, strike down, stroke, switch, tape, throw, transit, transition, treat, turn, vilification, weaken, work, wound, write

Origin of the word Cut

  1. late 13c., possibly Scandinavian, from N.Gmc. *kut-, or from O.Fr. couteau "knife." Replaced O.E. ceorfan "carve," sni?an, and scieran "shear." Meaning "to be absent without excuse" is British university slang from 1794. The noun meaning "gash, incision" is attested from 1520s; meaning "piece cut off" is from 1590s; sense of "a wounding sarcas… more

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