Part of speech: verb
Origin: Latin, 15th century
Shorten the duration or extent of.
Shorten by cutting off the top or end.
Examples of Truncate in a sentence
"The director cut out more than a dozen scenes in order to truncate the film."
"Our manager insists we truncate any meeting before it runs over an hour."
Popularity Over Time
“Truncate” is based on the Latin “truncat-” which means “maimed,” from the verb “truncare.”
Did you Know?
The verb “truncate” is closely associated with the noun “trunk,” referring to the central part of a thing (such as a tree). To “truncate” means to “reduce to a trunk” (in the case of a tree by removing branches). The modern definition of “truncate” is rarely applied to physical objects; instead, we truncate time, or truncate things demanding time. For example, someone may truncate a trip in order to return home more quickly.