verb (used with object)
to penetrate with or as if with a sharp-edged instrument or object:
He cut his finger.
to divide with or as if with a sharp-edged instrument; sever; carve:
to cut a rope.
to detach with or as if with a sharp-edged instrument; separate from the main body; lop off:
to cut a slice from a loaf of bread.
to hew or saw down; fell:
to cut timber.
to trim by clipping, shearing, paring, or pruning:
to cut hair.
to mow; reap; harvest:
to cut grain.
to abridge or shorten; edit by omitting a part or parts:
to cut a speech.
to repeatedly inflict injury on (oneself) by deliberately cutting the skin, as to cope with stress or negative emotions:
Some teenagers cut themselves to stop their emotional pain.
to lower, reduce, diminish, or curtail (sometimes followed by down
to cut prices.
to dilute; make less thick:
to cut wine.
That detergent cuts grease effectively.
to intersect; cross:
One line cuts another at right angles.
to cease; discontinue (often followed by out
Cut the kidding. Let's cut out the pretense.
to stop; halt the running of, as a liquid or an engine (often followed by off
The pilot cut the engines and glided in for a landing. Cut off the hot water.
to dilute or adulterate (a drug) by mixing it with other substances.
to grow (a tooth or teeth) through the gum:
The baby is cutting his teeth.
to type, write, or draw on (a stencil) for mimeographing.
to make or fashion by cutting, as a statue, jewel, or garment.
Glassmaking. to produce a pattern (in glass) by grinding and polishing.
to refuse to recognize socially; shun ostentatiously:
Her friends began to cut her as the season progressed.
to strike sharply, as with a whip.
to absent oneself from:
allowed to cut three classes per semester.
to stop (a scene or shot being filmed).
to edit (a film).
to remove (selected text, images, etc.) from a file to store in temporary memory until pasted elsewhere.
to wound the feelings of severely.
to divide (a pack of cards) at random into two or more parts, by removing cards from the top.
to take (a card) from a deck.
to record a selection on (a phonograph record or tape); make a recording of.
Sports. to hit (a ball) with either the hand or some instrument so as to change its course and often to cause it to spin.
to hollow out; excavate; dig:
to cut a trench.
Cricket. to strike and send off (a ball) in front of the batsman, and parallel to the wicket.
Slang. to be a nonplaying dealer, manager, or supervisor of (a card game, crap game, or other gambling game) in return for a percentage of the money bet or sometimes for a fee.
verb (used without object)
to penetrate or divide something, as with a sharp-edged instrument; make an incision:
The scissors cut well.
to admit of being cut:
Butter cuts easily.
to repeatedly inflict self-injury by deliberately cutting the skin.
to pass, go, or come, especially in the most direct way (usually followed by across, through, in,
to cut across an empty lot.
to shift suddenly from one shot to another:
Cut to the barroom interior.
to stop the action of a scene: used as a command by a director.
to make a sudden or sharp turn in direction; change direction suddenly; swerve:
We cut to the left to avoid hitting the child.
to strike a person, animal, etc., sharply, as with a whip.
to wound the feelings severely:
His criticism cut deep.
(of the teeth) to grow through the gums.
to remove selected text, images, etc., from a file for storage in temporary memory until pasted elsewhere.
Cards. to cut the cards.
to leave hastily:
to cut for the hills.
(of a horse) to interfere.
the act of cutting; a stroke or a blow, as with a knife, whip, etc.
the result of cutting, as an incision, wound, passage, or channel.
a piece cut off:
a cut of a pie.
a share, especially of earnings or profits:
His agent's cut is 20 percent.
a haircut, often with a styling.
a reduction in price, salary, etc.
the manner or fashion in which anything is cut:
the cut of a dress.
style; manner; kind:
We need a man of his cut in this firm.
a passage or course straight across or through:
a cut through the woods.
an excision or omission of a part.
a part or quantity of text deleted or omitted.
a quantity cut, especially of lumber.
a refusal to recognize an acquaintance.
an act, speech, etc., that wounds the feelings.
an engraved plate or block of wood used for printing.
a printed picture or illustration.
an absence, as from a school class, at which attendance is required.
Butchering. part of an animal usually cut as one piece.
Cards. a cutting of the cards.
the act of cutting a ball.
the spin imparted.
Fencing. a blow with the edge of the blade instead of the tip.
one of several pieces of straw, paper, etc., used in drawing lots.
the instantaneous or gradual transition from one shot or scene to another in an edited film.
an edited version of a film.
an act or instance of editing a film.
an individual song, musical piece, or other similar material on a record or tape.
any product of the fractional distillation of petroleum.