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a·bridge

 (ə-brĭj′)
tr.v. a·bridged, a·bridg·ing, a·bridg·es
1. To reduce the length of (a written text); condense: The editor abridged the manuscript by cutting out two chapters. See Synonyms at shorten.
2. To limit; curtail: an unconstitutional law that abridged the rights of citizens.

[Middle English abregen, from Old French abregier, from Late Latin abbreviāre, to shorten; see abbreviate.]

a·bridg′er n.

abridge

(əˈbrɪdʒ)
vb (tr)
1. to reduce the length of (a written work) by condensing or rewriting
2. to curtail; diminish
3. (Law) archaic to deprive of (privileges, rights, etc)
[C14: via Old French abregier from Late Latin abbreviāre to shorten]
aˈbridgable, aˈbridgeable adj
aˈbridger n

a•bridge

(əˈbrɪdʒ)

v.t. a•bridged, a•bridg•ing.
1. to shorten by omissions while retaining the basic contents: to abridge a book.
2. to reduce or lessen in duration, scope, or extent; diminish; curtail: to abridge a visit.
3. to deprive; cut off.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French abreg(i)er < Medieval Latin abbreviāre. See a-4, abbreviate]
a•bridg′a•ble, a•bridge′a•ble, adj.
a•bridg′er, n.
syn: See shorten.

abridge


Past participle: abridged
Gerund: abridging

Imperative
abridge
abridge
Present
I abridge
you abridge
he/she/it abridges
we abridge
you abridge
they abridge
Preterite
I abridged
you abridged
he/she/it abridged
we abridged
you abridged
they abridged
Present Continuous
I am abridging
you are abridging
he/she/it is abridging
we are abridging
you are abridging
they are abridging
Present Perfect
I have abridged
you have abridged
he/she/it has abridged
we have abridged
you have abridged
they have abridged
Past Continuous
I was abridging
you were abridging
he/she/it was abridging
we were abridging
you were abridging
they were abridging
Past Perfect
I had abridged
you had abridged
he/she/it had abridged
we had abridged
you had abridged
they had abridged
Future
I will abridge
you will abridge
he/she/it will abridge
we will abridge
you will abridge
they will abridge
Future Perfect
I will have abridged
you will have abridged
he/she/it will have abridged
we will have abridged
you will have abridged
they will have abridged
Future Continuous
I will be abridging
you will be abridging
he/she/it will be abridging
we will be abridging
you will be abridging
they will be abridging
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been abridging
you have been abridging
he/she/it has been abridging
we have been abridging
you have been abridging
they have been abridging
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been abridging
you will have been abridging
he/she/it will have been abridging
we will have been abridging
you will have been abridging
they will have been abridging
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been abridging
you had been abridging
he/she/it had been abridging
we had been abridging
you had been abridging
they had been abridging
Conditional
I would abridge
you would abridge
he/she/it would abridge
we would abridge
you would abridge
they would abridge
Past Conditional
I would have abridged
you would have abridged
he/she/it would have abridged
we would have abridged
you would have abridged
they would have abridged
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.abridge - reduce in scope while retaining essential elementsabridge - reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The manuscript must be shortened"
bowdlerise, bowdlerize, expurgate, castrate, shorten - edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate; "bowdlerize a novel"
edit out, edit, cut - cut and assemble the components of; "edit film"; "cut recording tape"
condense, concentrate, digest - make more concise; "condense the contents of a book into a summary"
minify, decrease, lessen - make smaller; "He decreased his staff"
2.abridge - lessen, diminish, or curtail; "the new law might abridge our freedom of expression"
curtail, restrict, curb, cut back - place restrictions on; "curtail drinking in school"

abridge

abridge

verb
To make short or shorter the duration or extent of:
Translations
يَخْتَصِر، يُوجِز
krátit
forkorte
stytta
sutrumpinimassutrumpintas
saīsināt
kısaltmak

abridge

[əˈbrɪdʒ] VT [+ book] → resumir, compendiar; (= cut short) → abreviar, acortar

abridge

[əˈbrɪdʒ] vt (= shorten) → abréger

abridge

vt bookkürzen

abridge

[əˈbrɪdʒ] vtridurre

abridge

(əˈbridʒ) verb
to make (especially a book) shorter.
aˈbridged adjective
aˈbridg(e)ment noun
References in classic literature ?
And while the abilities of the nine-hundredth abridger of the History of England, or of the man who collects and publishes in a volume some dozen lines of Milton, Pope, and Prior, with a paper from the Spectator, and a chapter from Sterne, are eulogized by a thousand pens -- there seems almost a general wish of decrying the capacity and undervaluing the labour of the novelist, and of slighting the performances which have only genius, wit, and taste to recommend them.
She also employs litotes in the phrase "only genius, wit, and taste"--which, following the multiple clauses and phrases describing abridgers (of which Austen herself was one) and anthologizers, is all the more noticeable for its brevity.
Equally, however, especially as literary criticism itself became more professionalized toward the turn of the century, they resisted and denigrated popularizers such as abridgers, miscellanists and anthologists as light and derivative beings lacking properly literary seriousness.