Meaning of ABRIDGE in English



Pronunciation: ə - ' brij

Function: transitive verb

Inflected Form: abridged ; abridg · ing

Etymology: Middle English abregen, from Anglo-French abreger, from Late Latin abbreviare, from Latin ad- + brevis short ― more at BRIEF

Date: 14th century

1 a archaic : DEPRIVE b : to reduce in scope : DIMINISH <attempts to abridge the right of free speech>

2 : to shorten in duration or extent <modern transportation that abridge s distance>

3 : to shorten by omission of words without sacrifice of sense : CONDENSE

synonyms see SHORTEN

– abridg · er noun

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