verb (abridg, ing)
- (transitive) To make shorter; to shorten in duration; to lessen; to diminish; to curtail; as, to labor; to power or rights.
Etymology: Old English abregen, 14th Century Old French abregier, French abréger, from Latin abbreviare; ad + brevis short. See brief and compare abbreviate
- The bridegroom ... abridged his visit. - Smollett
- She retired herself to Sebaste, and abridged her train from state to necessity. - Fuller
- (transitive) To shorten or contract by using fewer words, yet retaining the sense; to epitomize; to condense; as, to a history or dictionary.
- (transitive) To deprive; to cut off; -- followed by of, and formerly by from; as, to one of his rights.
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