Abridged
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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • abridged — adj. 1. 1 shortened by condensing or rewriting; said of texts: an abridged version [Narrower terms: {half length}] {unabridged, full length} Syn: condensed [WordNet 1.5 +PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • abridged — I adjective abbreviated, brief, capsulized, compact, compressed, condensed, contracted, curtailed, decreased, diminished, elliptic, epitomized, foreshortened, laconic, lessened, minimal, reduced, shortened, shrunk, summarized, synopsized,… …   Law dictionary

  • abridged — a|bridged [əˈbrıdʒd] adj [usually before noun] [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: abregier, from Late Latin abbreviare; ABBREVIATE] an abridged book, play etc has been made shorter but keeps its basic structure and meaning ▪ The abridged… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • abridged — a|bridged [ ə brıdʒd ] adjective an abridged book, play, etc. has been made shorter than the original but contains the same basic story: An abridged version of the novel appeared in a magazine. ╾ a|bridge verb transitive ╾ a|bridg|ment noun count …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • abridged — [[t]əbrɪ̱ʤd[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n An abridged book or play has been made shorter by removing some parts of it. This is an abridged version of her new novel The Queen and I . Syn: shortened …   English dictionary

  • abridged — UK [əˈbrɪdʒd] / US adjective an abridged book, play etc has been made shorter than the original but contains the same basic story An abridged version of the novel appeared in a magazine …   English dictionary

  • abridged — adjective cut or shortened, especially of a literary work The novel was abridged by the author to make the audio recording a more manageable length. See Also: unabridged …   Wiktionary

  • abridged — See unabridged. See unabridged, abridged, expurgated …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • abridged — adj. Abridged is used with these nouns: ↑edition, ↑version …   Collocations dictionary

  • abridged — adjective an abridged book, play etc has been made shorter but keeps its basic structure and meaning abridge verb (T) abridgement noun (C, U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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