tr.v. cur·tailed, cur·tail·ing, cur·tails
To cut short or reduce: We curtailed our conversation when other people entered the room. See Synonyms at shorten.
[Middle English curtailen, to restrict, probably blend of Old French courtauld, docked; see CURTAL, and Middle English taillen, to cut (from Old French tailler; see TAILOR).]
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