short

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short is part of the Basic English 850.
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short is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
short

Pronunciation[change]

Adjective[change]

Positive
short

Comparative
shorter

Superlative
shortest

  1. If something is short then there is a small distance from the bottom to the top. The opposite is tall.
    I can't reach the table because I'm too short.
    The more I use the pencil, the shorter it becomes.
  2. If something is short then there is a small distance from the one end to the other. The opposite is long.
  3. If something is short then it takes a little time.

Preposition[change]

Preposition
short

  1. If you cut something short, you end it before the planned time.
    They cut short their vacation when the weather changed.
  2. Short of .
    Nothing short of help from god will save him.
    Short of giving them the answers, there's nothing we can do.
  3. If you're running short of something, you don't have enough.
    We're running short of time, so can you hurry up?
  4. If something is short of it's target, it isn't all the way there.
    The plane touched down just short of the landing area.

Related words[change]