abridge

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/əˈbrɪdʒ/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/əˈbrɪdʒ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(ə brij)


Inflections of 'abridge' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
abridges
v 3rd person singular
abridging
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
abridged
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
abridged
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
a•bridge /əˈbrɪdʒ/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object], a•bridged, a•bridg•ing. 
  1. to shorten the length of:to abridge a speech from an hour to ten minutes.
a•bridg•ment, a•bridge•ment, n. [countable]See -brev-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
a•bridge  (ə brij),USA pronunciation v.t.,  a•bridged, a•bridg•ing. 
  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;
    curtail:to abridge a visit; to abridge one's freedom.
  3. to deprive;
    cut off.
a•bridga•ble,  a•bridgea•ble, adj. 
a•bridger, n. 
  • Late Latin abbreviāre to shorten. See a-4, abbreviate
  • Middle French abreg(i)er
  • Middle English abreggen, abriggen 1350–1400
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged cut down;
      epitomize;
      condense, abstract, digest. See  shorten. 
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged contract, reduce.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged divest.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged lengthen.
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged expand.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
abridge /əˈbrɪdʒ/ vb (transitive)
  1. to reduce the length of (a written work) by condensing or rewriting
  2. to curtail; diminish
Etymology: 14th Century: via Old French abregier from Late Latin abbreviāre to shorten

aˈbridgable, aˈbridgeable adj aˈbridger n
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