curtail

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Now, whenever I hear any one advocating measures that are meant to curtail the development of another, I pity the individual who would do this.
I have had news tonight over the telephone and I find that I must curtail my visit.
To me it would seem a deplorable thing that we should in any way curtail by so much as a minute so wonderful an experience.