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

Examples of ABRIDGE

  1. abridge a dictionary by omitting rare words
  2. <the library's hours have been drastically abridged to cut costs>

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


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