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shorten

verb

1 shorten

Make shorter than originally intended; reduce or retrench in length or duration.

Dutch: abbreviëren, afkorten, verkorten



2 shorten

Reduce in scope while retaining essential elements:
— The manuscript must be shortened.

synonyms: abbreviate, abridge, contract, cut, foreshorten, reduce.

Roget 36: decrease, diminish, lessen; abridge etc. (shorten) 201; shrink etc. (contract) 195; drop off, fall off, tail off; ... show more

Roget 195: become small, become smaller; lessen, decrease etc. 36; grow less, dwindle, shrink, contract, narrow, shrivel, collapse, wither, ... show more

Roget 201: be short etc. adj.; render short etc. adj.; shorten, curtail, abridge, abbreviate, take in, reduce; compress etc. ... show more

Dutch: bekorten, samentrekken, verkorten, versimpelen

3 shorten

Make short or shorter.

4 shorten

Become short or shorter.

5 shorten

Edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate.

synonyms: bowdlerise, bowdlerize, castrate, expurgate.

Dutch: censureren, zuiveren, castigeren, kuisen


Moby thesaurus: abate, abbreviate, abrade, abridge, abstract, bate, be telegraphic, bob, bobtail, boil down, brief, capsule, capsulize, circumscribe, clip, coarct, compact, compress, concentrate, condense ... show more.

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