- To limit or restrict.
Etymology: (term, courtault, courtault, which has been shortened), from (term, court, court, short) + (term, , -ault)
- Their efforts to spending didn't quite succeed.
- To shorten or abridge the duration of something; to truncate.
- When the audience grew restless, the speaker curtailed her speech.
- (obsolete) To cut short the tail of a horse.
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