- 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 abridging
If you did, you would see the text states that “Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech.”Sarah Palin Is Perfect for ‘The View’
July 15, 2014
It was not codification but consolidation, not remoulding but abridging.
Hitherto physicians have most frequently been instrumental in abridging it.The Thousand and One Days
The task of abridging, however, must always be an ungrateful one.Human Personality and its Survival of Bodily Death
Frederick W. H. Myers
If by aid of abridging, elucidating and arranging, we can get the reader engaged to peruse it patiently;—which seems doubtful.
They contrived, by abridging both rest and labour, to give him constant attendance.Robert Falconer
- 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 abridging
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.