Definition of abridge
1 : to shorten by omission of words without sacrifice of sense : condense abridge a novel an abridged dictionary
2 : to shorten in duration or extent Tess wished to abridge her visit as much as possible … — Thomas Hardy
3 formal : to reduce in scope : diminish attempts to abridge the right of free speech
4 archaic : deprive
Examples of abridge in a Sentence
abridge a dictionary by omitting rare words
the library's hours have been drastically abridged to cut costs
Recent Examples of abridge from the Web
No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States.
And a waiting period of a few days won't abridge anyone's Second Amendment rights, either.
Perhaps members of the West Virginia Capitol Police need a refresher course in the Constitution, which expressly forbids government from abridging the freedom of the press.
As others have rehearsed, the First Amendment forbids Congress to make a law that abridges the freedom of speech or of the press, that prohibits the right to assemble or to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
In this new edition of Viktor Frankl’s powerful 1946 Holocaust memoir, abridged for young readers and introduced by novelist John Boyne, the modern teenager will enter a crucible of violence and victimhood that was not in anyone’s head.
A story abridged for any reason does Trump a favor.
When bullies try to stop controversial thoughts from being uttered in a public forum to those willing to hear them, both free speech and free thought are abridged.
The 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America prohibits states from making or enforcing any law that would abridge the privileges of any U.S. citizen.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of abridge
ABRIDGE Defined for Kids
Definition of abridge for Students
: to shorten by leaving out some parts abridge a dictionary
Legal Definition of abridge
: 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
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