: shortened or condensed especially by the omission of words or passages
an abridged dictionary
an abridged version/edition of a classic novel

Examples of abridged in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That's the abridged version of the tricky nature of prosecuting a murder case without a body. Fox News, 17 Jan. 2023 On Friday, Burrows, R-Lubbock, made public his request to Uvalde District Attorney Christina Mitchell Busbee for an abridged video from a school hallway camera to be released. Dallas News, 11 July 2022 Below, and on the following slides, is an abridged version of the paper published with the winning entries (and runners up). Discover Magazine, 23 Mar. 2013 For theater owners, even the abridged period of theatrical exclusivity is considered a win. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 7 Nov. 2022 An abridged version of this list appears in the October/November 2022 issue of Fortune. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 6 Oct. 2022 An abridged version of a piece that Stoppard published in Talk magazine in 1999, the essay describes his somewhat late-in-life awakening to his Jewish identity. Chloe Schama, Vogue, 3 Oct. 2022 It’s not the color-blind casting, abridged plot, or anachronisms that upset people. Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 27 July 2022 After Eichmann’s capture by the Israelis, Sassen sold the transcripts to Life magazine, which published an abridged, two-part excerpt. Isabel Kershner, BostonGlobe.com, 4 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of abridged was in the 14th century

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“Abridged.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abridged. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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