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: the action or process of making or becoming short
: the dropping of the latter part of a word so as to produce a new and shorter word of the same meaning
: an edible fat used to shorten baked goods
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10 Aug 2018
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: a fat (such as butter) that is used in cooking or baking
See the full definition for shortening in the English Language Learners Dictionary
: a fat used in baking especially to make pastry flaky
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Nglish: Translation of shortening for Spanish Speakers
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