Definition of shorten
shorteningplay \ˈshȯrt-niŋ, ˈshȯr-tən-iŋ\
1a : to reduce the length or duration ofb : to cause to seem short
2a : to reduce in power or efficiency is my hand shortened, that it cannot redeem — Isaiah 50:2 (Revised Standard Version)b obsolete : to deprive of effect
3 : to add fat to (something, such as pastry dough) in order to make tender and flaky
: to become short or shorter
shortenerplay \ˈshȯrt-nər, ˈshȯr-tən-ər\ noun
Examples of shorten in a Sentence
shorten a pair of pants
He had to shorten the speech.
“Franklin D. Roosevelt” is often shortened to “FDR.”
Recent Examples of shorten from the Web
Together, these Allied advantages are thought to have shortened the war by as much as a year; the Central Powers might not have sued for a truce as soon as America entered the war, but fought on instead.
Some Republicans are making noise about shortening that respite, but doing so would be a step shy of sacrilege on Capitol Hill.
As investors, hedge funds are impatient, and, the argument goes, ruining the economy by shortening time horizons.
And that has made for a shortage of space on the big-league roster, thus shortening stays there for the younger starters in Triple-A Louisville.
But the more important gap—in relative power—between the associate attorney general and her boss, the deputy attorney general, could shorten in a hurry.
Looking down at a screen overstretches some neck muscles and shortens others, says Fielding.
But the front of the snout useful for gripping in shortened in Mystacodon, Lambert and colleagues observe, and the anatomy of the jaws seem more consistent with suction feeding.
Trump has noted that the approval process for permits frequently can drag on for a decade and has pressed to shorten the length of the review process.
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First Known Use of shorten
Synonym Discussion of shorten
SHORTEN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of shorten for English Language Learners
: to become shorter
: to make (something) shorter
SHORTEN Defined for Kids
Definition of shorten for Students
: to make or become short or shorter I shortened my trip.
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