Meaning of ABRIDGE in English


əˈbrij transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English abregen, abriggen, from Middle French abregier, from Late Latin abbreviare, from Latin ad- + breviare to shorten, from brevis short — more at brief


a. archaic : deprive — usually used with of

abridge a man of his rights

b. : to diminish (as a right) by reducing

the danger of abridging the liberties of the people — Abraham Lincoln

2. : to shorten in duration

I have other reasons for abridging my stay at Bath — Tobias Smollett

: shorten or cut down in extent

the airplane abridges distance

abridge library service during the summer

3. : to shorten by omission of words without sacrifice of principal meaning : condense

an abridged version of the novel

Synonyms: see shorten

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