verb (used with object), a·bridged, a·bridg·ing.
Origin of abridge
Examples from the Web for abridge
At the right time and in the right dose, it can ease and abridge economic maladies.
From this, it might be understood in what light she would view an attempt to abridge one of her favorite prerogatives.The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2)|Jefferson Davis
When the right time comes, a French milliner will abridge them at a week's notice.My Miscellanies, Vol. 1 (of 2)|Wilkie Collins
With respect to the former, they applied to industry the great imperial principle—sacrifice men to abridge warfare.
Word Origin 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.