verb (used with object), a·bridged, a·bridg·ing.
Origin of abridge
Synonyms for abridge
Antonyms for abridge
Related Words for abridgecurtail, abbreviate, truncate, trim, snip, cut, clip, lessen, abstract, reduce, condense, contract, downsize, restrict, concentrate, decrease, slash, diminish, limit, summarize
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Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of abridge
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
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.