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Meaning of ABRIDGE

Pronunciation:  u'brij

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The manuscript must be shortened"

ABRIDGE is a 7 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: abbreviate, contract, cut, foreshorten, reduce, shorten
 See Also: bowdlerise, bowdlerize, castrate, concentrate, condense, decrease, expurgate, lessen, minify



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\A*bridge"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Abridged}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Abridging}.] [OE. abregen, OF. abregier, F.
abr['e]ger, fr. L. abbreviare; ad + brevis short. See {Brief}
and cf. {Abbreviate}.]
1. To make shorter; to shorten in duration; to lessen; to
   diminish; to curtail; as, to abridge labor; to abridge
   power or rights. ``The bridegroom . . . abridged his
   visit.'' --Smollett.

         She retired herself to Sebaste, and abridged her
         train from state to necessity.        --Fuller.

2. To shorten or contract by using fewer words, yet retaining
   the sense; to epitomize; to condense; as, to abridge a
   history or dictionary.

3. To deprive; to cut off; -- followed by of, and formerly by
   from; as, to abridge one of his rights.

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