- to shorten by omissions while retaining the basic contents: to abridge a reference book.
- to reduce or lessen in duration, scope, authority, etc.; diminish; curtail: to abridge a visit; to abridge one's freedom.
- to deprive; cut off.
Origin of abridge
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Examples from the Web for abridge
At the right time and in the right dose, it can ease and abridge economic maladies.The Green Stimulus' Red Ink
December 3, 2012
The novelist, like every other artist, must abridge and select.
We abridge from watery Pollnitz, taking care of any sense he has.History Of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. VI. (of XXI.)
But since the parting must be, 't is well to abridge the pain of long farewell.What Will He Do With It, Complete
We must not abridge the liberties of the press or the people.Abraham Lincoln
William Eleroy Curtis
If an attempt be made to abridge that power, they preach arms and rebellion.Christianity Unveiled
- to reduce the length of (a written work) by condensing or rewriting
- to curtail; diminish
- archaic to deprive of (privileges, rights, etc)
Word Origin and History for abridge
c.1300, abreggen, "to make shorter, to condense," from Old French abregier "abridge, diminish, shorten," from Late Latin abbreviare "make short" (see abbreviate). The sound development from Latin -vi- to French -dg- is paralleled in assuage (from assuavidare) and deluge (from diluvium). Related: Abridged; abridging.