[ shawrt-kuht ]
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  1. a shorter or quicker way.

  2. a method, procedure, policy, etc., that reduces the time or energy needed to accomplish something.

  1. Computers.

    • a link to a software application, file, or website, usually represented as a graphical icon that can be clicked on to quickly access or open it: You can create a desktop shortcut to a web page you've visited.

    • Also called keyboard shortcut . hotkey.

  1. constituting or providing a shorter or quicker way: shortcut methods.

Origin of shortcut

First recorded in 1560–70; short + cut

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Other definitions for short-cut (2 of 2)

[ shawrt-kuht ]

verb (used with object),short-cut, short-cut·ting.
  1. to cause to be shortened by the use of a shortcut.

verb (used without object),short-cut, short-cut·ting.
  1. to use or take a shortcut.

Origin of short-cut

First recorded in 1560–70

Other words from short-cut

  • short-cutter, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use shortcut in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for short cut

short cut

  1. a route that is shorter than the usual one

  2. a means of saving time or effort

verbshort-cut -cuts, -cutting or -cut
  1. (intr) to use a short cut

Origin of short cut

C16: from cut (in the sense: a direct route)

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