Definition of shortcut in English:


Syllabification: short·cut
Pronunciation: /ˈSHôrtˌkət


  • 1A shorter alternative route.
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    • We're always looking for the quick route, the short cut, the way to avoid the traffic.
    • Ignoring it as was my custom, I turned off the main road, and took the short cut through the woods.
    • We took a short cut through the woods behind the elementary school at the edge of our neighborhood, and emerged at the side of the highway.
  • 1.1An accelerated way of doing or achieving something: the promise of a shortcut to optimum health and fitness is a tantalizing one
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    • For anyone with an underdeveloped sense of self-esteem, this is a lifeline, providing a short cut to coherence and purpose.
    • But the idea that cosmetic surgery is a short cut to a fit, healthy-looking body is false.
    • Opportunities for women in music were limited, and sex with a star was a short cut to the heart of the industry.
  • 1.2 Computing A record of the address of a file, website, or other data made to enable quick access.
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    • The update for the text abbreviation expansion utility added the ability to customize the application's keyboard shortcuts.
    • Instead of selecting the Get Info option from the menu bar, you can also use the Command-I keyboard short cut.
    • In the past few years, search engines have been adding a variety of shortcuts direct from their search boxes.

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