Meaning of ABRIDGE in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ə-ˈbrij ]

transitive verb

( 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


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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