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
Without an enclosure, the structure's elevator is also exposed and its service life may be shortened, according to the assessment.
And Johnston earned the victory on the mound in a complete-game effort shortened by the 10-run mercy rule.
Hastert is due for parole Aug. 16, but that date could come sooner — possibly in July — depending on factors such as good behavior that could shorten his sentence.
In the lawsuit, Messer is accused of shortening the life of Hirsh by telling him chemotherapy treatments were unnecessary.
Boger and colleagues are now working on shortening that process.
An additional 44 are considering cutting instructional days by moving to a four-day week in the fall or by shortening the school year, the Oklahoma State School Boards Association found in a survey last month.
Lange struck out seven and walked none over seven innings in a run-rule shortened 10-0 victory that moved LSU (41-17) into the SEC Tournament semifinal round Saturday, with the championship set for Sunday.
The obvious explanation is the advent of jet aircraft, which shortened trips and put the entire globe within reach, says Robert Nelson, director of the Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond, which created the map.
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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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