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Definition of abridge:

  1. To deprive; to cut off; - followed by of, and formerly by from; as, to abridge one of his rights.
  2. To make shorter; to shorten in duration; to lessen; to diminish; to curtail; as, to abridge labor; to abridge power or rights.
  3. To shorten or contract by using fewer words, yet retaining the sense; to epitomize; to condense; as, to abridge a history or dictionary.


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