If you have ever been curious about the correct past tense of cut, this article will clear that up plus give you a look into the history of the word, the definition, and everything else you could want to learn about the word. Since cut is not a regular verb, it can be particularly difficult for ESL students to learn this English language concept. Thankfully, we are here to help you master American English and impress your English teacher!
What Is the Definition of the Word Cut?
The English verb cut is defined as:
- to penetrate with or as if with an edged instrument
- cut one’s hand with a knife
- to hurt the feelings of
- Her sarcasm cut him to the quick.
- to strike sharply with a cutting effect
- cut him across the legs with a whip
- to strike (a ball) with a glancing blow that imparts a reverse spin
- cut a tennis ball with an inclined racket
- to experience the growth of (a tooth) through the gum
- The toddler is cutting a tooth.
- to harm (oneself) by making cuts or scratches on one’s body
- The reasons given for self-inflicted violence indicate that it is a way of relieving intolerable feelings. When cutting themselves, women (and sometimes men) report that they do not feel any pain. — Deborah Feller
How Do You Conjugate Cut?
Here are the other verb conjugations of the word cut including the past tense verb forms:
Base Form (Infinitive/Simple Present Tense): Cut
Simple Past Tense: Cut
Past Participle: Cut
Third Person Singular: He/she/it cuts
Second Person Singular: You cut
First Person Plural: We cut
Present Participle/Gerund: Am Cutting
Future Tense: Will cut
Past Perfect Tense: Had cut
Present Perfect Tense: Have cut
The History and Origin of the Word
The word cut is a very old word that has been used for centuries. There are many meanings of the word and the word can be used as a verb, noun, or adjective. The Old English word for cut is cyttan from the North Germanic word kut meaning to cut. In the 14th century, the word was used to mean to make or fashion by cutting or carving and to intersect or cross. In the 15th century, it was used as abridge or shorten by omitting a part. Throughout the centuries, it picked up several different meanings and is used in lots of figurative sayings such as: to cut down to size(reduce to suitable dimensions), to cut in(suddenly join in conversation, interrupt), to cut up(cut in pieces), to cut short(curtail, interrupt), to cut a feather(to move so fast as to make water foam under the bow), to cut and run(to make off suddenly), to cut teeth(have the teeth grow through the gums), to cut both ways(have a good and bad effect), to cut loose(begin to act freely), and to cut it out(cut it out! “Stop! That’s enough).
Synonyms of Cut
- Gash- a deep long cut in the flesh
- Incise- to carve (something, such as an inscription) into a surface
- Rip- to tear or split apart or open
- Shear- to cut with something sharp
- Slash- to lash out, cut, or thrash about with or as if with an edged blade
- Slice- to cut with or as if with a knife
- Slit- a long narrow cut or opening
- Cutting- something cut or cut off or out
Example Sentences With the Word Cut
- He uses the ax to cut wood.
- The meat is so tender you can cut it with a fork.
- Cut along the dotted line.
- The saw easily cuts through metal.
- She cut into the melon with a knife.
- I cut myself while shaving.
- I had a cut finger.
- We were fighting, and he tried to cut me with his knife.
- Pieces of broken glass cut her face and arms.
- Make a few small cuts in the crust to let the air escape.
- He came home covered in cuts and bruises.
- Further cuts in spending are needed.
- You’ll have to make a few cuts in your manuscript if you want us to publish it.
Examples of the Word in Context
- Peterson, 35, was released by Washington on Friday, ahead of Saturday’s cut to a 53-man roster.
Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, “Detroit Lions bolster backfield by signing RB Adrian Peterson to one-year deal,” 6 Sep. 2020
- Bernard constituted the most surprising cut Saturday.
Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, “Cowboys trim to 53-man roster, but it’s anything but final,” 5 Sep. 2020
- Undrafted rookie Artavis Pierce was the lone cut from this group.
Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, “The Bears’ 1st 53-man roster is set. Here’s the initial breakdown heading into Week 1.,” 5 Sep. 2020
- Indiana responded, as Mitchell’s 3-pointer cut Indiana’s deficit to to three with 47 seconds left in the second quarter.
Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, “Phoenix Mercury’s Taurasi, Diggins-Smith send Indiana Fever to sixth straight loss,” 4 Sep. 2020
- That cut could drag down consumer spending—which accounts for two-thirds of the economy and is already slowing.
Lance Lambert, Fortune, “Unemployment rate falls to 8.4%—with over 10 million jobs added since April’s jobless peak,” 4 Sep. 2020
- This season’s cut-down feels a little different with no preseason games.
Dan Labbe, cleveland, “Browns waive 4 in leadup to roster cuts,” 3 Sep. 2020
- The Colorado Avalanche, who have been losing players throughout their second-round series against the Dallas Stars, caught a break when captain Gabriel Landeskog escaped serious injury on a fluke skate cut to his leg.
Mike Brehm, USA TODAY, “Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog escapes serious injury when cut on leg by skate,” 3 Sep. 2020
- American Zoetrope, Coppola’s production company, used a 4K scan of the original negative of the film for a frame-by-frame restoration of both the theatrical version of Part III and the new cut.
Nick Romano, EW.com, “New Francis Ford Coppola edit of The Godfather: Part III heading to theaters,” 3 Sep. 2020
Next time you need to write the word cut, you will be well prepared for everything you need to know what it is and how to use it efficiently. You should feel confident with the different conjugations, the history of the word, and the definition.