WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
short•cut /ˈʃɔrtˌkʌt/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a shorter or quicker way to get somewhere:a shortcut between the buildings.
  2. a policy or practice that reduces the time or energy needed to accomplish something.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
short-cut  (shôrtkut′),USA pronunciation v.,  -cut, -cut•ting. 
v.t. 
  1. to cause to be shortened by the use of a shortcut.

v.i. 
  1. to use or take a shortcut.
short-cut′ter, n. 
  • 1560–70

short•cut  (shôrtkut′),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a shorter or quicker way.
  2. a method, procedure, policy, etc., that reduces the time or energy needed to accomplish something.

adj. 
  1. constituting or providing a shorter or quicker way:shortcut methods.
  • short + cut 1560–70


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

short cut n
  1. a route that is shorter than the usual one
  2. a means of saving time or effort
vb short-cut ( -cuts, -cutting, -cut)
  1. (intransitive) to use a short cut
Etymology: 16th Century: from cut (in the sense: a direct route)



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