abridge definition

  • verb-transitive:
    • To reduce the length of (a written text); condense.
    • To cut short; curtail. See Synonyms at shorten.
    • to help make faster; to shorten in period; to lessen; to decrease; to curtail
    • To reduce or contract with fewer words, however maintaining the sense; to epitomize; to condense.
    • To deprive; to cut-off; -- followed by of, and previously by from.
  • others:
    • to help make smaller; curtail: as, “abridged cloaks,” Scott, Ivanhoe, xiv. To shorten by condensation or omission, or both; rewrite or reconstruct on a smaller sized scale; put the primary or crucial areas of into less area: utilized of writings: as, Justin abridged a brief history of Trogus Pompeius.
    • to minimize; diminish: because, to abridge labor.
    • To rob; take off: followed by of, and formerly also by from: as, to abridge one of liberties or enjoyments.
    • In algebra, to reduce, as a compound amount or equation, to a far more easy form.
  • verb:
    • decrease, diminish, or curtail
    • reduce in range while maintaining crucial elements

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