abridge

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verb \ə-ˈbrij\

Definition of abridge

abridged

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abridging

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to shorten by omission of words without sacrifice of sense :  condense abridge a novel an abridged dictionary

  3. 2 :  to shorten in duration or extent Tess wished to abridge her visit as much as possible … — Thomas Hardy

  4. 3 formal :  to reduce in scope :  diminish attempts to abridge the right of free speech

  5. 4 archaic :  deprive

abridger

noun

Examples of abridge in a sentence

  1. abridge a dictionary by omitting rare words

  2. the library's hours have been drastically abridged to cut costs

Origin and Etymology of abridge

Middle English abreggen, abriggen “to reduce, diminish, shorten,” borrowed from Anglo-French abreger, going back to Late Latin abbreviāre, from Latin ad- ad- + breviāre “to shorten, abridge,” verbal derivative of brevis “short” — more at 1brief


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

abridge

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verb \ə-ˈbrij\

Definition of abridge for Students

abridged

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abridging

  1. :  to shorten by leaving out some parts abridge a dictionary


Law Dictionary

abridge

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transitive verb \ə-ˈbrij\

Legal Definition of abridge

abridged

abridging

  1. :  to diminish or reduce in scope no State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States — U.S. Constitution amend. XIV

abridgment

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abridgement

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