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Definitions of abridge

  1. reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The manuscript must be shortened" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. To make shorter; to shorten in duration; to lessen; to diminish; to curtail; as, to abridge labor; to abridge power or rights. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To shorten or contract by using fewer words, yet retaining the sense; to epitomize; to condense; as, to abridge a history or dictionary. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To deprive of. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. To deprive; to cut off; - followed by of, and formerly by from; as, to abridge one of his rights. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To shorten; condense; as, to abridge a dictionary. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. To make brief or short: to shorten: to epitomize. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. To shorten; contract; restrict. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. To make shorter; condense; cut short. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. To shorten; to epitomise; to lessen; to deprive. See Abbreviate. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  11. To deprive; to cut off; -- followed by of, and formerly by from; as, to abridge one of his rights. mso.anu.edu.au
  12. To deprive; to cut off; followed by of, and formerly by from; as, to abridge one of his rights. dictgcide_fs
  13. a-brij', v.t. to make brief or short: to shorten: to epitomise: to curtail, as privileges or authority.--ns. ABRIDG'MENT, ABRIDGE'MENT, contraction: shortening of time, labour or privileges: a compendium of a larger work: an epitome or synopsis: (law) the leaving out of certain portions Of a plaintiff's demand, the writ still holding good for the remainder. [O. Fr. abregier (Fr. abréger)--L. abbrevi[=a]re. See ABBREVIATE.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  14. Shorten (interview &c.): condense or epitomize (book &c.); curtail (liberty; of limbs &c. only now w. playful archaism); deprive (person of). [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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