UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/k3ːrˈteɪl/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/kɚˈteɪl/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(v. kər tāl; n. kûrtāl′)

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
cur•tail1 /kɚˈteɪl/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object]
  1. to cut short;
    reduce:The trip was curtailed because of bad weather.
cur•tail•er, n. [countable]
cur•tail•ment, n. [uncountable]curtailment of foreign aid.See -tail-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
cur•tail1  (kər tāl),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to cut short;
    cut off a part of;
cur•tailedly, adv. 
cur•tailer, n. 
cur•tailment, n. 
  • late Middle English curtailen to restrict (said of royal succession or inheritance), probably a conflation of Middle French courtau(l)d (see curtal) and Middle English taillen to cut (see taille, tailor) 1425–75
    lessen, dock. See  shorten. 

cur•tail2  (kûrtāl′),USA pronunciation n. [Archit.]
  1. Architecturea horizontal, spiral termination to the lower end of a stair railing.
  2. ArchitectureAlso called  curtail step′. a starting step having a scroll termination to one or both ends of the tread.
  • probably alteration, by folk etymology, etymological, of curtal

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
curtail /kɜːˈteɪl/ vb
  1. (transitive) to cut short; abridge
Etymology: 16th Century: changed (through influence of tail1) from obsolete curtal to dock; see curtal

curˈtailer n curˈtailment n
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Collocations: in an attempt to curtail [inflation, unemployment], attempts to curtail [inflation] have been largely [successful, unsuccessful], curtail the spread of, more...

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