Curb - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |kɜːrb|  American pronunciation of the word curb
Brit.  |kɜːb|  British pronunciation of the word curb


- an edge between a sidewalk and a roadway consisting of a line of curbstones (usually forming part of a gutter) (syn: kerb)
- a horse's bit with an attached chain or strap to check the horse
- a stock exchange in New York
- the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess (syn: bridle, check)


- lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits (syn: check, contain, control, hold, hold in, moderate)
- keep to the curb
curb your dogs
- place restrictions on (syn: curtail, cut back, restrict)

Extra examples

We sat on the curb eating our ice cream.

...these international regulations act as a curb on the plundering of a nation's archaeological treasures...

The legislation is intended to curb price and wage increases.

He called for much stricter curbs on immigration.

We are trying to keep a curb on their activities.

Tight money supply tends to curb both the economy and the bond market.

The car jumped the curb.

...took reformative measures to curb abuses in the state's welfare system...

The car scraped against the curb.

The government was unable to curb the excesses of the secret police.

Her car was slowly rolling away from the curb.

Both organizations gave an undertaking to curb violence among their members.

Liberal import policies will curb smuggling.

Every Monday, we put our recycling out on the curb for pick-up

Word forms

I/you/we/they: curb
he/she/it: curbs
present participle: curbing
past tense: curbed
past participle: curbed
singular: curb
plural: curbs
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