abridge

[ uh-brij ]
/ əˈbrɪdʒ /

verb (used with object), a·bridged, a·bridg·ing.

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.

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Origin of abridge

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English abreggen, abriggen, from Middle French abreg(i)er, from Late Latin abbreviāre “to shorten.” See a-4, abbreviate

synonym study for abridge

1. See shorten.

OTHER WORDS FROM abridge

a·bridg·a·ble, a·bridge·a·ble, adjectivea·bridg·er, nounnon·a·bridg·a·ble, adjectivere·a·bridge, verb (used with object), re·a·bridged, re·a·bridg·ing.

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British Dictionary definitions for abridge

abridge
/ (əˈbrɪdʒ) /

verb (tr)

to reduce the length of (a written work) by condensing or rewriting
to curtail; diminish
archaic to deprive of (privileges, rights, etc)

Derived forms of abridge

abridgable or abridgeable, adjectiveabridger, noun

Word Origin for abridge

C14: via Old French abregier from Late Latin abbreviāre to shorten
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