- 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 abridged
You were doing what you could in a strange, intense, abridged amount of time.Sex, Suicide, and Homework: The Secret World of the Telephone Hotline
November 20, 2014
After that, Hawking became closer with Jane and their two children, and then the abridged memoir was released.The Other Side of Stephen Hawking: Strippers, Aliens, and Disturbing Abuse Claims
November 6, 2014
Undaunted, Jason translated that himself too — which he then abridged.The Voice of Proust
December 3, 2012
Abridged extract from My Paper Chase by Harold Evans published this week by Little, Brown.The Charmed Life of a Traitor
November 6, 2009
She gave me an abridged account of her life since we had met.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
"Short roads" and "abridged methods" are characteristic of the century.How to Succeed
Orison Swett Marden
This is an abridged statement verified by the church itself.
There was no watch kept, and the captives had no indication that they were abridged of their freedom.
In the abridged London edition of 1807, there are plates of an alleged "whale" and a "narwhale."Moby Dick; or The Whale
- 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 abridged
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.