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 (RSV)b obsolete : to deprive of effect
3 : to add fat to (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.”
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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