curtail

To curtail something is to slow it down, put restrictions on it, or stop it entirely. If I give up cake, I am curtailing my cake-eating.

Curtail is an official-sounding word for stopping or slowing things down. The police try to curtail crime — they want there to be less crime in the world. A company may want to curtail their employees' computer time, so they spend more time working and less time goofing around. Teachers try to curtail whispering and note-passing in class. When something is curtailed, it's either stopped entirely or stopped quite a bit — it's cut short.

DEFINITIONS OF: curtail

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v terminate or abbreviate before its intended or proper end or its full extent

“Personal freedom is curtailed in many countries”
Synonyms:
clip, cut short
Type of:
shorten
make shorter than originally intended; reduce or retrench in length or duration

v place restrictions on

curtail drinking in school”
Synonyms:
curb, cut back, restrict
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abridge
lessen, diminish, or curtail
immobilise, immobilize
cause to be unable to move
paralyse, paralyze
cause to be paralyzed and immobile
stun, stupefy
make senseless or dizzy by or as if by a blow
Type of:
circumscribe, confine, limit
restrict or confine, "I limit you to two visits to the pub a day"
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