- Inflections of 'abridge' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
- v 3rd person singular
- v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
- v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
- v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
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a•bridge /əˈbrɪdʒ/USA pronunciation
v. [~ + object], a•bridged, a•bridg•ing. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
a•bridg•ment, a•bridge•ment, n. [countable]See -brev-.
- to shorten the length of:to abridge a speech from an hour to ten minutes.
(ə brij′),USA pronunciation v.t., a•bridged, a•bridg•ing.
a•bridg′a•ble, a•bridge′a•ble, adj.
- to shorten by omissions while retaining the basic contents:to abridge a reference book.
- to reduce or lessen in duration, scope, authority, etc.;
curtail:to abridge a visit; to abridge one's freedom.
- to deprive;
- 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;
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.
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abridge /əˈbrɪdʒ/ vb (transitive)
Etymology: 14th Century: via Old French abregier from Late Latin abbreviāre to shortenaˈbridgable, aˈbridgeable adj aˈbridger n
- to reduce the length of (a written work) by condensing or rewriting
- to curtail; diminish
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