cut down

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cut down(
kuht
 
daun
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A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to reduce)
a. reducir
The governor asked his staff to cut down their travel expenses to a minimum.El gobernador le pidió a los empleados que redujeran sus gastos de viaje al mínimo.
b. recortar
The legislature cut down the defense department's budget.La legislatura recortó el presupuesto del departamento de defensa.
c. acortar
The reporter had to cut the article down to 500 words.El reportero tuvo que acortar el artículo a 500 palabras.
2. (to fell or prune)
a. talar
The developer cut down 300 trees without the proper permits.La constructora taló 300 árboles sin los permisos adecuados.
b. cortar
They use goats to cut down the weeds on the property instead of using noisy gas mowers.Usan cabras para cortar la hierba en la propiedad en lugar de utilizar ruidosas podadoras a gas.
3. (to kill)
a. matar
The terrorists cut down dozens of innocent people at the concert.Los terroristas mataron a docenas de personas inocentes en el concierto.
4. (to insult)
a. humillar
I hate how she cuts her husband down in front of their children.Odio la manera en que humille a su esposo en frente de sus hijos.
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
5. (to decrease; often used with "on")
a. reducir
His dad told him he should cut down on his complaining.Su papá le dijo que debería reducir su quejadera.
b. reducir el consumo de
My doctor told me I had to cut down on coffee.El doctor me dijo que tenía que reducir el consumo de café.
c. recortar
When the schoool cut down on physical education, the children gained weight.Cuando la escuela recortó la educación física, los niños aumentaron de peso.
d.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
If you don't cut down on smoking, I'm afraid you won't live much longer.Si no fumas menos, me temo que no vivirás por mucho más tiempo.
Santi said he plans to cut down on drinking, but not until next week.Santi dijo que planea tomar menos, pero no hasta la semana que viene.
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cut down
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (tree)
a. talar, cortar
2. (speech, text)
a. reducir
3. (spending, time)
a. recortar, reducir
they were cut down by machine-gun firelos abatió una ráfaga de ametralladora
4. (fig)
a.
to c somebody down to sizebajarle los humos a alguien
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
5. (general)
a.
to c down on somethingreducir algo
he has cut down on smokingfuma menos
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cut down
transitive verb
1 [+tree] cortar; talar; [+enemy] matar; [+clothes] acortar
2 (reduce) [+consumption] reducir; [+expenditure] reducir; recortar; [+text] acortar; abreviar
to cut sb down to size bajar los humos a algn
verb:intransitive:plus_adverb
you're drinking too much, you really should cut down bebes demasiado, deberías moderarte; to cut down on [+fatty food] reducir el consumo de; [+expenditure] moderar; reducir; [+public services] recortar; reducir; I'm cutting down on coffee and cigarettes estoy intentando tomar menos café y fumar menos
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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