verb (shortened; shortening) Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to reduce the length or duration of b. to cause to seem short 2. a. to reduce in power or efficiency <
is my hand shortened, that it cannot redeem — Isaiah 50:2 (Revised Standard Version)
b. obsolete to deprive of effect 3. to add fat to (as pastry dough) in order to make tender and flaky intransitive verb to become short or shorter • shortener noun Synonyms: shorten, curtail, abbreviate, abridge, retrench mean to reduce in extent. shorten implies reduction in length or duration <
shorten a speech
. curtail adds an implication of cutting that in some way deprives of completeness or adequacy <
ceremonies curtailed because of rain
. abbreviate implies a making shorter usually by omitting some part <
using an abbreviated title
. abridge implies a reduction in compass or scope with retention of essential elements and a relative completeness in the result <
the abridged version of the novel
. retrench suggests a reduction in extent or costs of something felt to be excessive <
declining business forced the company to retrench

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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