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American English: /kət/
British English: /kʌt/

Translation of cut in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (wound) 1.2 (incision) to make a cut in something
    hacer un corte en algo
    Example sentences
    • He played some elegant straight bat drives, and he also played some beautiful horizontal bat cuts.
    • Martin seemed in more trouble when he dropped short and Gilchrist aimed a cut.
    • They adapted to the variable bounce, and then launched into the bowlers in a flurry of cuts, sweeps, drives and lofts over the infield.
    Example sentences
    • Scars on the skin appear when a cut or other injury is healing.
    • In her terror, the woman instinctively put her hand up to protect her neck and suffered a cut from the blade.
    • Vitamin B9 assists the body in forming red blood cells, and vitamin C promotes healthy skin and allows our cuts and scrapes to heal quickly.
    Example sentences
    • This causes the dough to expand rapidly, the cuts on top opening to give the leaf-shaped scars typical of these loaves.
    • Score the surface with shallow cuts to makes six or eight wedges each.
    • Also, if cuts are present in the tyre wall, the tyre can be weakened, making it dangerous.
  • 2 2.1 (reduction) a wage cut
    un recorte salarial
    a tax cut
    una reducción or rebaja en los impuestos
    to make cuts in essential services
    hacer recortes en los servicios esenciales
    to take a cut in salary
    aceptar un sueldo más bajo
    Example sentences
    • The law ordered striking hospital employees back to work with a 15 per cent pay cut.
    • Soaring debt - which at one stage was predicted to reach £11m - has led to a series of cuts ranging from ward closures to stopping snacks for patients.
    • For a health care system already on life support due to extreme budget cuts, the extraction of $500,000,000 dollars would be the death knell.
    2.2 (in text, film)
    (deletion) corte (masculine)
    (deleted material) trozo (masculine) omitido
    Example sentences
    • Since then, they have reached a compromise, wherein the director agreed to make cuts but was allowed several days of reshoots to make the flow to his satisfaction.
    • This is also down to the editing style of Walter Murch who prefers to only make cuts when absolutely necessary.
    • After the film has been edited and completed for release in India it has to go through the censor board, where they can also make cuts.
    Example sentences
    • Jewison allows the actors to set the tone through long takes rather than forcing the scene through rapid cuts.
    • Harris' use of unconventional camera angles and quick cuts invigorates these scenes.
    • There aren't many cuts - often a scene will take place before us in one shot, with the camera serenely gliding from one side of a room to the other.
    also: power cut
  • 3 3.1
    also: haircut
    dry/wet cut
    corte en seco/con el pelo mojado
    Example sentences
    • I was first introduced to Reiki some eight years ago, sitting in the hairdressers having a cut and blow dry.
    • A cut, shampoo and set would take about an hour, and a perm would take two hours.
    • I went along to the spacious Studio in Edinburgh for a cut and colour to find out.
    3.2 (of suit) to be a cut above somebody/something [colloquial]he thinks himself a cut above the rest
    se cree superior a los demás
    this hotel is a cut above the Ambassador
    este hotel es de mayor categoría que el Ambassador
    Example sentences
    • Louise designs the cut and style and Rita weaves her hue magic to create movement and pizazz.
    • The secret to fab hair is in the cut, not the containers of setting gunk!
    • All I see is his broad back encased in an expensive black suit, and the elegant cut of his dark hair.
  • 4 (of meat)
    Example sentences
    • For example, add lean cuts of red meat or dark poultry to your meals on a regular basis.
    • There is even a full-time butcher, preparing the cuts of meat from carcass.
    • If you've got the time, foods such as eggs, poultry, fish, and lean cuts of red meat are excellent sources of complete protein.
  • 5 (share) [colloquial]
    tajada (feminine) [colloquial]
    to take/get one's cut of something
    sacar tajada de algo
    Example sentences
    • More likely they'd drive me to the recycling center to cash in my cans, and then demand a cut of the profit.
    • When Kev and Mike come bearing gifts, they want to flog them down their local, promising the barmaid a cut of the profits.
    • The stars also get a cut of the profits from the show being re-sold and from the sale of videos and DVDs.
  • 6 (blow)
    (with rapier) estocada (feminine)
    cut and thrustthe cut and thrust of politics
    el toma y daca de la vida política
    Example sentences
    • And people joked about it, used to add up how many cuts of the cane they got as a mark of honour and so on, but I was scared.
    • The log books show that in those days impertinence was punished by one or two cuts with the cane - or a slap with an open hand.
    • Often the horse does his work with panting sides and trembling knees, and not seldom gets a cut of the whip from his rider.

transitive verb present participle cutting past tense & past participle cut

  • 1 1.1
    to cut something/somebody loose
    soltar algo/a alguien
    to cut somebody's throat
    degollar a alguien
    they're going to cut me open and have a look
    me van a abrir para ver
    cut the top off it
    córtale la parte de arriba
    they cut a path through the undergrowth
    abrieron un camino a través de la maleza
    to cut it fine [colloquial]
    calcular muy justo
    dejar poco margen
    Example sentences
    • That is rewriting history, and cutting your anchor rope, and should be resisted.
    • Some were lost through storms or when their marking float lines were cut by boat props or otherwise severed.
    • An inline fuel separator is installed by cutting the vent hose that runs from the fuel tank to the tank vent on the outside of the boat.
    1.2 (divide, slice up) cut the bread into slices
    corte el pan en rebanadas
    to cut something in half/in two
    cortar algo por la mitad/en dos
    Example sentences
    • It's too bad Sara had made Salad for supper because the carrots had to be cut with a knife.
    • At more than six feet tall and weighing in at over 600 pounds, her cake had to be cut with a knife that was a foot and a half long.
    • Matthias chuckles, then takes a knife, and cuts himself some bread.
    1.3 (prevent passage through) (Military)
    (road/railroad/supply lines)
    Example sentences
    • It was used by Hitler during World War II when Germany had most of its oil supplies cut.
    • Libya has also supported British policy, cutting off oil supplies to the beleaguered regime.
    • They would react by cutting off oil supplies to the West.
  • 2 2.1 (gash, wound) I cut my finger
    me corté el dedo
    you'll cut yourself!
    ¡te vas a cortar!
    he's so sharp he'll cut himself! (British)
    se pasa de listo [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • It was when I pulled my hand away when I realized that the ring on his finger had cut my skin and it was now bleeding.
    • He threw a knife and cut a man's ear and cheek with it.
    • During a big home repair job - well, really just changing a light switch - I accidentally cut myself.
    2.2 (cause pain)
  • 3 3.1 (trim)
    to get one's hair cut
    cortarse el pelo
    Example sentences
    • Who cuts their grass or trims their hedge in winter?
    • Her makeup was sensible, and her wheat blond hair was cut very fashionably.
    • She had a good figure, and her light brown hair was cut about neck length, the style in the area.
    3.2 (in dressmaking)
    Example sentences
    • I had a low cut polo shirt along with a denim mini skirt and silver pumps.
    • Sara struggled into tight jeans and a low cut shirt that was also too tight.
    • He also knows how to cut a killer coat, while still remaining true to his vision.
    3.3 (carve, shape)
    his finely cut features
    sus delicadas facciones
    sus bien cinceladas facciones [literary]
    3.4 (make)
    (disc) [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • Eventually, firefighters cut a hole in the main floor to gain access.
    • He looked around, and cut a hole in the corner of the bag with his knife.
    • We proceeded to cut a hole in the fence and climb through.
    Example sentences
    • A new road had been cut through the quarry wall to a tidy waterside quay.
    • He had found the path, cut through the forest, followed the trail of pebbles and watched the signs leading to nowhere.
    • They followed riverbeds and paths cut through the mountainous terrain for the Indonesian army.
    Example sentences
    • Many singers and music directors are being roped in to cut the albums for political parties and potential candidates.
    • From what I’ve been able to dig up Turner cut the album in his home studio.
    • The performers posed for a photocall after cutting the single.
  • 5 5.1 (excavate)to cut something (into something)a tunnel cut into the mountain
    un túnel excavado en la montaña
    a pattern cut into the glass
    un diseño tallado en el cristal
    5.2 (mine)
    Example sentences
    • We decided to use cutting equipment to cut away the section of the fence that had pierced him so he could be taken to hospital.
    • McKeon's natural stone is cut from limestone beds laid down 250 million years ago.
    • Blocks of ice were cut from ponds and lakes on the estate and stacked between layers of straw.
  • 6 (reduce)
    hacer recortes en
    the journey time has been cut by half
    la duración del trayecto se ha reducido a la mitad
    Example sentences
    • At the moment she is preparing for her tough task by cutting down on the amount of tea she drinks.
    • First, it cuts down on the amount of free time kids spend without supervision.
    • But with nobody coming forward to take over the business, the only way forward seemed to be cutting the opening hours.
  • 7 7.1 (shorten)
    7.2 (remove)
    Example sentences
    • Scenes with a mechanical shark had to be cut, because it did not look believable enough.
    • You lot do know that one of the key scenes was cut from the theatrical release, right?
    • These excerpts were ultimately cut from the final script.
    7.3 (film) (edit)
    hacer cortes en
    Example sentences
    • As we speak he is cutting his 18th feature film.
    • Frankly, when I was cutting the movie, it was so great to be able to cut from good fun stuff with Eva and Will and then jump to scenes with Kevin and Will.
    • They cut all these pieces together and made it look like a big orgy.
  • 9 (cards)
    Example sentences
    • The pack is shuffled and cut and 16 cards each are dealt singly as before.
    • Players cut for the deal, and whoever cuts the highest card becomes the first dealer.
    • The cards are shuffled, cut, and dealt, usually three at a time, but this is not imperative.
  • 10 (intersect) (Mathematics)
    Example sentences
    • The line cuts the horizontal axis at 11.4.
    • This line cuts the vertical axis below the horizontal axis.
  • 11 [colloquial] 11.1 (not attend)to cut school
    hacer novillos [colloquial]
    hacerse la rata or la rabona (Río de la Plata) [colloquial]
    irse de pinta (Mexico) [colloquial]
    hacer la cimarra (Chile) [colloquial]
    capar clase (Colombia) [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • Girls showed up for the photography workshop without fail, even when they cut school.
    • One problem is that after cutting class, the teenager faces powerful temptations to misbehave.
    • I got in trouble for cutting school, staying out late, lying about detention and lying about homework.
    11.2 (ignore)to cut somebody dead
    dejar a alguien con el saludo en la boca
  • 12 [colloquial] 12.1 (cease) cut the sob story!
    ¡deja de quejarte!
    cut the wisecracks!
    ¡basta ya de bromas!
    12.2 (switch off)
    Example sentences
    • Finally, he cut the two remaining engines, and they rolled silently to a stop.
    • After about 10 minutes, we would gather at the stern, the engines would be cut and the service would commence.
    • He was sixth for a long time, but lost the place after accidentally cutting off the engine whilst trying to de-mist his windscreen.
  • 13 (adulterate) [colloquial]to cut something with something
    mezclar algo con algo
    cortar algo con algo
    Example sentences
    • He says drugs are sometimes cut with other substances like talcum powder and the bag could simply have been mislabelled.
    • It was speculated that this novice dealer was cutting the cocaine he sold with amphetamine due to his existing belief that that is what he was supposed to do.
    • They do this by cutting the drugs with other powders, showing no respect for the people who take the drug.

intransitive verb present participle cutting past tense & past participle cut

  • 1 1.1
    to cut into somethingthe rope cut into her wrists
    la cuerda le estaba cortando or lastimando las muñecas
    to cut and run [colloquial]
    largarse [colloquial]
    ahuecar el ala [colloquial]
    to cut loose [colloquial] (break free)
    romper las ataduras
    (lose restraint) (esp US) he cut loose with a string of insults
    se desató en una sarta de insultos
    soltó una sarta de insultos
    her remarks cut deep
    sus palabras lo hirieron en lo más vivo
    1.3 (be cuttable) it cuts easily
    se corta fácilmente
  • 2 (Cinema, Radio)cut!
    cut to the street
    la escena pasa a la calle
    Example sentences
    • Jon will say his line and we'll cut there. You ready? Let's get in position.
    • The actor waits - in vain - for his director to call out ‘Cut!’
    • As soon as I recovered from my shock, I yelled ‘Cut!’ and rushed up to Ria and Erwin.
    Example sentences
    • For example, if a character is tracking the inward flight of an asteroid on a radar screen, we cut to a shot of the radar screen.
    • Then, in a remarkable shot, we cut to her point of view of Ray sitting in the driver's seat.
    • I really hadn't been paying attention to the news, until they cut to a shot from the news chopper.
  • 4 (intersect) (Mathematics)


  • 2 (drunk) (British) [colloquial] (predicative)
    tomado (Latin America) [colloquial]

Phrasal verbs

cut across

verb + preposition + object
1 (take short cut across)
cortar por
tomar un atajo a través de
2 (cross boundaries of) an issue which cuts across class barriers/party lines
un tema que trasciende las divisiones sociales/la política de partidos

cut back

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (prune)
1.2 (reduce)
2verb + adverb 2.1 (make reductions)
hacer economías
to cut back on somethingwe've had to cut back on investments
hemos tenido que reducir las inversiones
2.2 (Cinema)to cut back to something
volver a algo

cut down

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (fell)
1.2 (kill) he was cut down in his prime [literary]
su vida fue segada en flor [literary]
1.3 (reduce)
2verb + adverb (make reductions) cigarette? — no, thanks, I'm trying to cut down
¿un cigarrillo? — no, gracias, estoy tratando de fumar menos
to cut down on somethingyou should cut down on carbohydrates
debería reducir el consumo de hidratos de carbono

cut in

1verb + adverb 1.1 (interrupt) may I cut in? (when dancing)
¿me permite?
1.2 (Motor Vehicles)
she cut in in front of me
se me atravesó
se me metió delante
1.3to cut in line (US)
colarse [colloquial]
saltarse or brincarse la cola (Mexico) [colloquial]
2verb + object + adverb (give share) [colloquial]to cut somebody in on somethingshe demanded to be cut in on the deal
exigió su parte
quiso sacar su tajada [colloquial]

cut off

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object (sever)
to cut off somebody's head
cortarle la cabeza a alguien
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object (interrupt, block)
to cut off somebody's retreat
cortarle la retirada a alguien
3verb + object + adverb 3.1 (separate, isolate) to feel cut off
sentirse aislado
the town was cut off for several days following the earthquake
la ciudad quedó varios días sin comunicaciones después del terremoto
3.2 (intercept) to cut somebody off
cortarle el paso a alguien
3.3 (on telephone) we were cut off
se cortó la comunicación

cut out

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
I cut it out of the paper
lo recorté del periódico
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 2.1
2.2 (exclude)
those trees cut out the light
esos árboles quitan or tapan la luz
he cut me out of his will
me excluyó de su testamento
me desheredó
you can cut out the wisecracks ! [colloquial]
¡déjate de bromas!
cut it out! [colloquial]
¡basta ya!
¡ya párale! (Mexico)
work 1 1
3 (suit)to be cut out for something
estar hecho para algo
I'm not cut out for teaching or to be a teacher
no estoy hecho para la enseñanza
no tengo madera de profesor
they seem cut out for each other
parecen hechos el uno para el otro
son tal para cual
4verb + adverb 4.1 (stop working)
4.2 (switch off)

cut through

verb + preposition + object
1 (overcome)
abrirse camino por entre
you have to cut through all the academic jargon to get to the heart of the matter
hay que abrirse camino por entre toda esa jerga académica para llegar al meollo del asunto
2 (take short cut)
cortar camino por

cut up

1 1.1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
cortar en pedazos
1.2verb + object + adverb (injure) she was badly cut up
se cortó toda
sufrió lesiones graves [formal]
verb + object + adverb [colloquial]
(adelantar agresivamente volviendo al carril demasiado cerca del coche adelantado)
1.4verb + object + adverb (US) [colloquial] (criticize)
hablar pestes de (Latin America) [colloquial]
poner verde (Spain) [colloquial]
2 (upset) [colloquial]to be cut up about something
estar disgustado por algo
3verb + adverbto cut up rough (British) [colloquial]
ponerse agresivo or [colloquial] bravo
cabrearse [colloquial]
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