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Meaning of SHORTEN

Pronunciation:  'shortn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  make short or shorter; "shorten the skirt"; "shorten the rope by a few inches"
  2. [v]  edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate; "bowdlerize a novel"
  3. [v]  reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The manuscript must be shortened"
  4. [v]  become short or shorter; "In winter, the days shorten"
  5. [v]  make shorter than originally intended; reduce or retrench in length or duration; "He shortened his trip due to illness"

SHORTEN is a 7 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: bowdlerise, bowdlerize, castrate, expurgate
 Antonyms: lengthen
 See Also: abbreviate, abridge, alter, bring down, change, clip, concentrate, condense, contract, curtail, cut, cut back, cut down, cut short, decrease, diminish, fall, foreshorten, lessen, minify, reduce, shorten, syncopate, trim, trim back, trim down, truncate



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Short"en\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Shortened ?}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Shortening}.] [See {Short}, a.]
    1. To make short or shorter in measure, extent, or time; as,
       to shorten distance; to shorten a road; to shorten days of
    2. To reduce or diminish in amount, quantity, or extent; to
       lessen; to abridge; to curtail; to contract; as, to
       shorten work, an allowance of food, etc.
             Here, where the subject is so fruitful, I am
             shortened by my chain.                --Dryden.
    3. To make deficient (as to); to deprive; -- with of.
             Spoiled of his nose, and shortened of his ears.
    4. To make short or friable, as pastry, with butter, lard,
       pot liquor, or the like.
    {To shorten a rope} (Naut.), to take in the slack of it.
    {To shorten sail} (Naut.), to reduce sail by taking it in.
  2. \Short"en\, v. i.
    To become short or shorter; as, the day shortens in northern
    latitudes from June to December; a metallic rod shortens by
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