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Synonyms of cut in English:


  • 1 the knife slipped and cut his finger
    gash, slash, lacerate, slit, pierce, penetrate, wound, injure;
    scratch, graze, nick, snick, notch, incise, score;
  • 2 cut the red pepper into small pieces
    chop, cut up, slice, dice, cube, mince;
    North American  hash
  • 3 they cut the rope before he choked he has cut his ties with the church
    sever, cleave, cut in two
    literary rend
    archaic sunder
    rare dissever
  • 4 she's had her hair cut cut back the new growth to about half its length
    trim, snip, clip, crop, bob, barber, shear, shave;
    prune, pollard, poll, lop, dock;
  • 5 I went out into the garden to cut some flowers
    pick, pluck, gather;
    literary garner, cull
  • 6 she gazed at the lettering cut into the stonework
    carve, engrave, incise, etch, score;
    chisel, whittle
  • 7 the government is likely to cut public expenditure prices were cut by up to 15 per cent
    reduce, cut back/down on, decrease, lessen, retrench, diminish, trim, prune, slim down, ease up on;
    rationalize, downsize, slenderize, economize on;
    informal slash, axe
    [Antonyms] increase
  • 8 the text has been substantially cut
    bowdlerize, expurgate
    rare epitomize
    [Antonyms] lengthen, expand
  • 9 you need to cut at least ten lines per page
    [Antonyms] add
  • 10 oil supplies to the area had been cut
    discontinue, break off, suspend, interrupt;
    [Antonyms] restore
  • 11 he brought the car to a halt and cut the engine
    informal kill
    [Antonyms] turn on
  • 12 the point where the line cuts the vertical axis
    cross, intersect, bisect;
    meet, join
    technical decussate
    [Antonyms] diverge
  • 13 dated even Mrs Blenkinsop, the banker's wife, cut her at church
    snub, ignore, shun, give someone the cold shoulder, cold-shoulder, turn one's back on, cut dead, look right through, pretend not to see;
    Australian informal snout
    informal, dated give someone the go-by
  • 14 he realized the remark had cut her
    hurt someone's feelings, hurt, wound, upset, distress, make unhappy, grieve, pain, sting, cut to the quick
  • 15 the demos which he cut for the recording company
    record, make a recording of, put on disc/tape, make a tape of, tape-record
    informal lay down
  • Phrases

    be cut out
    I don't think I'm cut out for this sort of work
    be suited, be suitable, be right, be designed, be equipped;
    be qualified
    cut across
    a movement which cut across class barriers
    transcend, go beyond, rise above
    cut back
    some companies cut back on foreign investment we're going to have to cut back
    reduce, cut, cut down, decrease, lessen, retrench, trim, prune, slim down, scale down, salami-slice;
    rationalize, downsize, economize on;
    pull/draw in one's horns, tighten one's belt
    informal slash, axe
    cut corners
    his staff complains that he is cutting corners to save money by putting ordinary cream cheese in the tiramisu
    skimp, economize;
    pinch pennies
    cut someone/something down
  • 1 24 hectares of trees were cut down
  • 2 Barker had been cut down by a sniper's bullet
    kill, slaughter, dispatch;
    shoot down, mow down, gun down;
    literary slay
  • cut and dried
    there were agreements which needed to be cut and dried
    [Antonyms] vague
    definite, decided, settled, explicit, specific, precise, unambiguous, clear-cut, unequivocal, black and white, hard and fast
    cut in
    ‘It's urgent,’ Raoul cut in
    interrupt, butt in, break in, interject, interpose, chime in
    British informal chip in
    cut something off
  • 1 they cut off his finger
    sever, chop off, hack off;
  • 2 Moscow threatened to cut off oil and gas supplies to Lithuania
    discontinue, break off, disconnect, interrupt, suspend;
    stop, end, bring to an end
    [Antonyms] restore
  • 3 a community cut off from the mainland by the surging flood waters
    isolate, separate, keep apart, keep away;
    seclude, closet, cloister, sequester
  • cut someone off
  • 1 Gabrielle's family cut her off without a penny
    disinherit, disown, repudiate, reject, have nothing more to do with, have done with, wash one's hands of
  • cut out
    both the lifeboat's engines cut out
    stop working, cease to function, stop, fail, give out;
    informal die, give up the ghost, conk out, go on the blink, go kaput
    British informal pack up
    cut someone/something out
  • 1 I cut his photograph out of the paper you need to cut out the diseased wood
    remove, take out, excise, extract;
  • 2 it's best to cut out alcohol altogether when you're pregnant
    give up, refrain from, abstain from, go without, stop drinking/eating
    informal quit, leave off, pack in, lay off, knock off
  • 3 his mother cut him out of her will
    exclude, leave out, omit, eliminate
    [Antonyms] include
  • cut and run
    only cowards cut and run
    flee, run, run away, run off, make a run for it, run for it, take flight, be gone, make off, take off, take to one's heels, make a break for it, bolt, beat a (hasty) retreat, make a quick exit, make one's getaway, escape, absent oneself, make oneself scarce, abscond, head for the hills, do a disappearing act
    informal beat it, clear off, clear out, vamoose, skedaddle, split, leg it, show a clean pair of heels, turn tail, scram
    British informal do a runner, scarper, do a bunk
    North American informal light out, bug out, cut out, peel out, take a powder, skidoo
    Australian informal go through, shoot through
    vulgar slang bugger off
    archaic fly
    cut someone short
    Peter cut him short
    interrupt, cut off, butt in on, break in on
    cut something short
    they decided to cut short their holiday
    [Antonyms] extend
    break off, bring to a premature end, leave unfinished, shorten, truncate, curtail, terminate, end, stop, abort, bring to an untimely end


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  • 1 blood ran from a cut on his jaw
  • 2 a cut of beef
    joint, piece, section, bit
  • 3 informal there wasn't much left after his agents took their cut
    share, portion, bit, quota, percentage;
    informal whack, slice of the cake, rake-off, piece of the action
  • 4 his hair was in need of a cut
    haircut, trim, clip, crop
  • 5 a smart cut of the whip
    blow, slash, stroke
    informal swipe
  • 6 he followed this with the unkindest cut of all
    insult, slight, affront, slap in the face, jibe, barb, cutting remark, shaft
    informal put-down, dig, brush-off
  • 7 a 20 per cent pay cut a cut in interest rates
    reduction, cutback, decrease, retrenchment, lessening, curtailment;
    North American  rollback
    informal slash
    [Antonyms] increase
  • 8 fortunately the cut happened at night, and power was quickly restored
    power cut, loss of supply, interruption of supply, breakdown;
  • 9 the elegant cut of his dinner jacket
    style, design;
  • Phrases

    a cut above
    informal he considered himself to be a cut above the rest
    superior to, much better than
    informal streets ahead of, way ahead of the field/pack

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