verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Examples from the Web for shorten
“In some cases, it has taken 15 days to report the deaths and circumstances, which I would like to shorten to 48 hours,” she said.
We have to shorten the distance between inevitable and inconceivable.Square Deal, New Deal, and Now, From Hillary Clinton, a “Fair Shot”|Eleanor Clift|September 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Just like nobody is going to tell David O. Russell to shorten American Hustle (138 minutes).
A new study says living in the South will shorten your life.Study Proves Southern States Have Lowest Life Expectancy|Eliza Shapiro|July 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
We have to overturn Citizens United and shorten the campaign season.David Stockman on ‘The Great Deformation’ and Our Economic Doom|Daniel Gross|April 1, 2013|DAILY BEAST
If the King desires to shorten my days he has only to keep me in captivity.The Life of Marie de Medicis, Vol. 3 (of 3)|Julia Pardoe
Cantor Weiss is very bitter against the up-town cantors: "They shorten the prayer," he said.The Spirit of the Ghetto|Hutchins Hapgood
The most they can do is to shorten a life that has already almost finished its career.The Blossoms of Morality|Richard Johnson
Or could he have secured the same result by moving his finger up and down the string to lengthen or shorten it?Common Science|Carleton W. Washburne
Let us shorten the story wherever we can, for it will need it, being long.Life On The Mississippi, Complete|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
British Dictionary definitions for shorten
Word Origin and History for shorten
1510s, "make shorter;" 1560s, "grow shorter," from short (adj.) + -en (1); the earlier form of the verb was simply short, from Old English sceortian "to grow short, become short; run short, fail," gescyrtan "to make short."