verb \ə-ˈbrij\

: to shorten (a book, a play, etc.) by leaving out some parts

: to lessen the strength or effect of (something, such as a right)


Full Definition of ABRIDGE

transitive verb
a archaic :  deprive
b :  to reduce in scope :  diminish <attempts to abridge the right of free speech>
:  to shorten in duration or extent <modern transportation that abridges distance>
:  to shorten by omission of words without sacrifice of sense :  condense
abridg·er noun

Origin of ABRIDGE

Middle English abregen, from Anglo-French abreger, from Late Latin abbreviare, from Latin ad- + brevis short — more at brief
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of ABRIDGE

shorten, curtail, abbreviate, abridge, retrench mean to reduce in extent. shorten implies reduction in length or duration <shorten a speech>. curtail adds an implication of cutting that in some way deprives of completeness or adequacy <ceremonies curtailed because of rain>. abbreviate implies a making shorter usually by omitting some part <using an abbreviated title>. abridge implies a reduction in compass or scope with retention of essential elements and a relative completeness in the result <the abridged version of the novel>. retrench suggests a reduction in extent or costs of something felt to be excessive <declining business forced the company to retrench>.
ABRIDGE Defined for Kids


verb \ə-ˈbrij\

Definition of ABRIDGE for Kids

:  to shorten by leaving out some parts <abridge a dictionary>


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