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tr.v. cur·tailed, cur·tail·ing, cur·tails
To cut short or reduce. 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).]
Having been shortened; abbreviated.
[Latin curttus, past participle of curtre, to shorten, from curtus, cut short; see curt.]
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