Synonyms of cut in English:

cut


See definition of cut

verb

1‘the knife slipped and cut his finger’

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gash, slash, lacerate, slit, pierce, penetrate, wound, injure

scratch, graze, nick, snick, notch, incise, score

lance

2‘cut the red pepper into small pieces’

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chop, cut up, slice, dice, cube, mince

carve

divide

North American hash

3‘they cut the rope before he choked’

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sever, cleave, cut in two

literary rend

archaic sunder

rare dissever

4‘she's had her hair cut’

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trim, snip, clip, crop, bob, barber, shear, shave

pare

prune, pollard, poll, lop, dock

mow

5‘I went out into the garden to cut some flowers’

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pick, pluck, gather

harvest, reap

literary garner, cull

6‘she gazed at the lettering cut into the stonework’

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carve, engrave, incise, etch, score

chisel, whittle

7‘the government is likely to cut public expenditure’

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reduce, cut back on, cut down on, decrease, lessen, retrench, diminish, trim, prune, slim down, ease up on

rationalize, downsize, slenderize, economize on

mark down, discount, lower

informal slash, axe

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increase

8‘the text has been substantially cut’

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shorten, abridge, condense, abbreviate, truncate, pare down

edit

precis, summarize, synopsize

bowdlerize, expurgate

rare epitomize

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lengthen, expand

9‘you need to cut at least ten lines per page’

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delete, remove, take out, edit out, excise, blue-pencil

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add

10‘oil supplies to the area had been cut’

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discontinue, break off, suspend, interrupt

stop, end, put an end to

ANTONYMS

restore

11‘he brought the car to a halt and cut the engine’

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turn off, switch off, shut off, deactivate

informal kill

ANTONYMS

turn on

12‘the point where the line cuts the vertical axis’

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cross, intersect, bisect

meet, join

technical decussate

ANTONYMS

diverge

13‘even Mrs Blenkinsop, the banker's wife, cut her at church’

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snub, ignore, shun, give someone the cold shoulder, cold-shoulder, turn one's back on, cut dead, look right through, pretend not to see

rebuff, spurn, ostracize

British send to Coventry

informal give someone the brush-off, freeze out, stiff-arm

North American informal give someone the bum's rush, give someone the brush

Australian informal snout

informal give someone the go-by

14‘he realized the remark had cut her’

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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’

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record, make a recording of, put on disc, put on tape, make a tape of, tape-record

informal lay down


noun

1‘blood ran from a cut on his jaw’

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gash, slash, laceration, incision, slit, wound, injury

scratch, graze, nick, snick

2‘a cut of beef’

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joint, piece, section, bit

3‘there wasn't much left after his agents took their cut’

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share, portion, bit, quota, percentage

commission, dividend

whack, slice of the cake, rake-off, piece of the action

4‘his hair was in need of a cut’

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haircut, trim, clip, crop

5‘a smart cut of the whip’

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blow, slash, stroke

informal swipe

6‘he followed this with the unkindest cut of all’

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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’

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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’

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power cut, loss of supply, interruption of supply, breakdown

blackout

9‘the elegant cut of his dinner jacket’

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style, design

tailoring, lines, fit


Phrases

    be cut out

      ‘I don't think I'm cut out for this sort of work’

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      be suited, be suitable, be right, be designed, be equipped

      be qualified

    cut across

      ‘a movement which cut across class barriers’

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      transcend, go beyond, rise above

    cut back

      ‘some companies cut back on foreign investment’

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      reduce, cut, cut down, decrease, lessen, retrench, trim, prune, slim down, scale down, salami-slice

      rationalize, downsize, economize on

      draw in one's horns, pull 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’

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      skimp, economize

      pinch pennies

    cut someone/something down

      1‘24 hectares of trees were cut down’

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      fell, chop down, hack down, saw down, hew

      2‘Barker had been cut down by a sniper's bullet’

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      kill, slaughter, dispatch

      shoot down, mow down, gun down

      cut someone off in their prime

      informal

      take out, blow away, snuff out

      literary

      slay

    cut and dried

      ‘there were agreements which needed to be cut and dried’

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      definite, decided, settled, explicit, specific, precise, unambiguous, clear-cut, unequivocal, black and white, hard and fast

      ANTONYMS

      vague

    cut in

      ‘‘It's urgent,’ Raoul cut in’

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      interrupt, butt in, break in, interject, interpose, chime in

      British informal

      chip in

    cut something off

      1‘they cut off his finger’

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      sever, chop off, hack off

      amputate

      2‘Moscow threatened to cut off oil and gas supplies to Lithuania’

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      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’

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      isolate, separate, keep apart, keep away

      seclude, closet, cloister, sequester

    cut someone off

      ‘Gabrielle's family cut her off without a penny’

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      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’

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      stop working, cease to function, stop, fail, give out

      break down, malfunction

      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’

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      remove, take out, excise, extract

      snip out, clip out

      2‘it's best to cut out alcohol altogether when you're pregnant’

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      give up, refrain from, abstain from, go without, stop drinking, stop eating

      informal

      quit, leave off, pack in, lay off, knock off

      3‘his mother cut him out of her will’

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      exclude, leave out, omit, eliminate

      ANTONYMS

      include

    cut and run

      ‘only cowards cut and run’

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      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 retreat, 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

      beat it, clear off, clear out, vamoose, skedaddle, split, leg it, show a clean pair of heels, turn tail, scram

      British

      do a runner, scarper, do a bunk

      North American

      light out, bug out, cut out, peel out, take a powder, skidoo

      Australian

      go through, shoot through

      vulgar slang

      bugger off

      archaic

      fly

    cut someone short

      ‘Peter cut him short’

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      interrupt, cut off, butt in on, break in on

    cut something short

      ‘they decided to cut short their holiday’

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      break off, bring to a premature end, leave unfinished, shorten, truncate, curtail, terminate, end, stop, abort, bring to an untimely end

      ANTONYMS

      extend

    a cut above

      ‘he considered himself to be a cut above the rest’

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      superior to, much better than

      streets ahead of, way ahead of the field, way ahead of the pack