Definition of shorten
- is my hand shortened, that it cannot redeem
- —Isaiah 50:2 (Revised Standard Version)
shorten a pair of pants
He had to shorten the speech.
“Franklin D. Roosevelt” is often shortened to “FDR.”
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'shorten.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
What made you want to look up shorten? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).