Meaning of ABRIDGE in English


— abridgable, abridgeable , adj. — abridger , n.

/euh brij"/ , v.t., abridged, abridging .

1. to shorten by omissions while retaining the basic contents: to abridge a reference book.

2. to reduce or lessen in duration, scope, authority, etc.; diminish; curtail: to abridge a visit; to abridge one's freedom.

3. to deprive; cut off.

[ 1350-1400; ME abreggen, abriggen abreg ( i ) er abbreviare to shorten. See A- 4 , ABBREVIATE ]

Syn. 1. cut down; epitomize; condense, abstract, digest. See shorten. 2. contract, reduce. 3. divest.

Ant. 1. lengthen. 2. expand.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .