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abridge

to reduce or condense, such as a summary of a report or article: abridge a book; to lessen the duration or scope of; to curtail: abridge a person’s freedom
Not to be confused with:
abbreviate – to shorten by contraction or omission, such as agcy., corp., Gov., Dr., Rev.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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"
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abridge

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abridge

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

abridge

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

[əˈbrɪdʒ] vt (= shorten) → abréger
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abridge

vt bookkürzen
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abridge

[əˈbrɪdʒ] vtridurre
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abridge

(əˈbridʒ) verb
to make (especially a book) shorter.
aˈbridged adjective
aˈbridg(e)ment noun
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References in classic literature ?
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
But once my professor encouraged the class to try abridging one of Shakespeare's scripts, The Merchant of Venice, I began finding the answers to my questions.