Definition of curtail in English:

curtail

Syllabification: cur·tail
Pronunciation: /kərˈtāl
 
/

verb

[with object]
1Reduce in extent or quantity; impose a restriction on: civil liberties were further curtailed
More example sentences
  • But what they end up with, after all the reserve they impose (and which curtails their creative impetus) is merely anecdotal.
  • I think it is a pity that they did not get an opportunity to curtail the hours and restrict the use of the main auditorium.
  • Play is now restricted or curtailed with the par reduced and handicaps proportionately trimmed.
Synonyms
reduce, cut, cut down, decrease, lessen, pare down, trim, retrench; restrict, limit, curb, rein in
informal slash
1.1 (curtail someone of) archaic Deprive someone of (something): I that am curtailed of this fair proportion

Origin

late 15th century: from obsolete curtal 'horse with a docked tail', from French courtault, from court 'short', from Latin curtus. The change in the ending was due to association with tail1 and perhaps also with French tailler 'to cut'.

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