Definition of abridge
- abridge a novel
- an abridged dictionary
- Tess wished to abridge her visit as much as possible …
- —Thomas Hardy
- attempts to abridge the right of free speech
abridge a dictionary by omitting rare words
the library's hours have been drastically abridged to cut costs
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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