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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.

Synonyms:

constrict, write out, veer, bridle, trim back, swerve, subdue, burn, issue, tailor, foreshorten, switch off, expurgate, hinder, confine, rationalise, slim down, get, slim, melt off, boil down, slew, edit out, keep down, keep in, curb, thin out, keep, check, withhold, increase, narrow, scale down, cut down, sign on, cut back, repress, study atshorten, skip, dilute, shorten, bring down, keep under, hold in, hack, suppress, subjugate, quash, reduce, circumscribe, press, sign up, ignore, slue, rationalize, bowdlerise, curve, trim down, take, disregard, thin, decoct, come down, bowdlerize, long, undertake, restrain, keep back, cut off, slenderize, constrain, hold, turn out, lose weight, edit, restrict, turn off, sheer, deoxidise, cut, hold back, snub, deoxidize, tighten, trend, geld, make out, abbreviate, contract, sign, castrate.

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