Abridge
Abridge A*bridge", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Abridged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Abridging}.] [OE. abregen, OF. abregier, F. abr['e]ger, fr. L. abbreviare; ad + brevis short. See {Brief} and cf. {Abbreviate}.] 1. To make shorter; to shorten in duration; to lessen; to diminish; to curtail; as, to abridge labor; to abridge power or rights. ``The bridegroom . . . abridged his visit.'' --Smollett. [1913 Webster]

She retired herself to Sebaste, and abridged her train from state to necessity. --Fuller. [1913 Webster]

2. To shorten or contract by using fewer words, yet retaining the sense; to epitomize; to condense; as, to abridge a history or dictionary. [1913 Webster]

3. To deprive; to cut off; -- followed by of, and formerly by from; as, to abridge one of his rights. [1913 Webster]


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  • abridge — (v.) c.1300, abreggen, to make shorter, to condense, from O.Fr. abregier abridge, diminish, shorten, from L.L. abbreviare make short (see ABBREVIATE (Cf. abbreviate)). The sound development from L. vi to Fr. dg is paralleled in assuage (from… …   Etymology dictionary

  • abridge — abridge; abridge·ment; …   English syllables

  • abridge — *shorten, curtail, abbreviate, retrench Analogous words: condense, *contract, compress, shrink: *cut, slash: *limit, restrict: reduce, diminish, *decrease Antonyms: expand: extend Contrasted words: amplify, swell, distend (see …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • abridge — [v] shorten abbreviate, abstract, blue pencil*, chop, clip, compress, concentrate, condense, contract, curtail, cut, decrease, digest, diminish, downsize, lessen, limit, narrow, put in nutshell*, reduce, restrict, slash, snip*, summarize, trim,… …   New thesaurus

  • abridge — ► VERB ▪ shorten (a text or film). DERIVATIVES abridgement (also abridgment) noun abridger noun. ORIGIN Old French abregier, from Latin abbreviare abbreviate …   English terms dictionary

  • abridge — [ə brij′] vt. abridged, abridging [ME abregen < OFr abregier < LL abbreviare, ABBREVIATE] 1. to reduce in scope, extent, etc.; shorten 2. to shorten (a piece of writing) while preserving its substance; condense 3. to lessen or curtail… …   English World dictionary

  • Abridge — infobox UK place country = England official name= Abridge civil parish= Lambourne latitude= 51.6523longitude= 0.1191population=1,500 (2001 Census) civil parish= Lambourne shire district= Epping Forest shire county = Essex region= East of… …   Wikipedia

  • abridge — abridgable, abridgeable, adj. abridger, n. /euh brij /, v.t., abridged, abridging. 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;… …   Universalium

  • abridge — UK [əˈbrɪdʒ] / US verb [transitive] Word forms abridge : present tense I/you/we/they abridge he/she/it abridges present participle abridging past tense abridged past participle abridged to produce a shorter form of a book, play etc by making cuts …   English dictionary

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