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verb (used with object), a·bridged, a·bridg·ing.
  1. to shorten by omissions while retaining the basic contents: to abridge a reference book.
  2. to reduce or lessen in duration, scope, authority, etc.; diminish; curtail: to abridge a visit; to abridge one's freedom.
  3. to deprive; cut off.

Origin of abridge

1350–1400; Middle English abreggen, abriggen < Middle French abreg(i)er < Late Latin abbreviāre to shorten. See a-4, abbreviate
Related formsa·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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1. cut down; epitomize; condense, abstract, digest. See shorten. 2. contract, reduce. 3. divest.

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Contemporary Examples of abridge

  • At the right time and in the right dose, it can ease and abridge economic maladies.

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British Dictionary definitions for abridge


verb (tr)
  1. to reduce the length of (a written work) by condensing or rewriting
  2. to curtail; diminish
  3. archaic to deprive of (privileges, rights, etc)
Derived Formsabridgable or abridgeable, adjectiveabridger, noun

Word Origin for abridge

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

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