curtail - Dictionary definition and meaning for word curtail

(verb) place restrictions on
Synonyms : curb , cut back , restrict
Example Sentence
  • curtail drinking in school
(verb) terminate or abbreviate before its intended or proper end or its full extent
Synonyms : clip , cut short
Example Sentence
  • My speech was cut short
  • Personal freedom is curtailed in many countries

Memory aid to help you memorize this

curTAIL. Can be read as cur + TAIL or cutting the tail of an animal, ie reducing it. So curTAIL is to shorten or to reduce.
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if you put CURTains to yur door or windows it will REDUCE the width of the door or window
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we use curtains to RESTRICT others seeing us (say while changing our clothes :D)...!!!
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