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shorten

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of shorten

  1. to make less in extent or duration <we decided to shorten the distance we had to walk home by cutting across the neighbor's lawn> <if Grandma has to go shopping today, you'll need to shorten your visit> Synonyms abbreviate, abridge, curtail, cut back, dock, elide, syncopate, truncate Related Words abstract, digest, encapsulate, epitomize, recapitulate, summarize, sum up; abate, compress, constrict, contract, cut, cut down, pare, prune, trim; decrease, de-escalate, deflate, diminish, downsize, dwindle, lessen, lower, moderate, modify, reduce, retrench, shrink, slash, subtract (from), taper Near Antonyms enlarge, expand, supplement; add, aggrandize, amplify, augment, balloon, boost, dilate, escalate, heighten, increase, maximize, pump up, raise; blow up, distend, inflate, swell Antonyms elongate, extend, lengthen, prolong, protract





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