abridge

  • 1 abridge — /ə brij/ vt abridged, abridg·ing: to diminish or reduce in scope no State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges and immunities of the citizens of the United States U.S. Constitution amend. XIV abridg·ment or… …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 Abridge — A*bridge , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Abridged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Abridging}.] [OE. abregen, OF. abregier, F. abr[ e]ger, fr. L. abbreviare; ad + brevis short. See {Brief} and cf. {Abbreviate}.] 1. To make shorter; to shorten in duration; to lessen; to …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 abridge — (v.) c.1300, abreggen, to make shorter, to condense, from O.Fr. abregier abridge, diminish, shorten, from L.L. abbreviare make short (see ABBREVIATE (Cf. abbreviate)). The sound development from L. vi to Fr. dg is paralleled in assuage (from… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 abridge — abridge; abridge·ment; …

    English syllables

  • 5 abridge — *shorten, curtail, abbreviate, retrench Analogous words: condense, *contract, compress, shrink: *cut, slash: *limit, restrict: reduce, diminish, *decrease Antonyms: expand: extend Contrasted words: amplify, swell, distend (see …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 abridge — [v] shorten abbreviate, abstract, blue pencil*, chop, clip, compress, concentrate, condense, contract, curtail, cut, decrease, digest, diminish, downsize, lessen, limit, narrow, put in nutshell*, reduce, restrict, slash, snip*, summarize, trim,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 abridge — ► VERB ▪ shorten (a text or film). DERIVATIVES abridgement (also abridgment) noun abridger noun. ORIGIN Old French abregier, from Latin abbreviare abbreviate …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 abridge — [ə brij′] vt. abridged, abridging [ME abregen < OFr abregier < LL abbreviare, ABBREVIATE] 1. to reduce in scope, extent, etc.; shorten 2. to shorten (a piece of writing) while preserving its substance; condense 3. to lessen or curtail… …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 Abridge — infobox UK place country = England official name= Abridge civil parish= Lambourne latitude= 51.6523longitude= 0.1191population=1,500 (2001 Census) civil parish= Lambourne shire district= Epping Forest shire county = Essex region= East of… …

    Wikipedia

  • 10 abridge — 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;… …

    Universalium

  • 11 abridge — UK [əˈbrɪdʒ] / US verb [transitive] Word forms abridge : present tense I/you/we/they abridge he/she/it abridges present participle abridging past tense abridged past participle abridged to produce a shorter form of a book, play etc by making cuts …

    English dictionary

  • 12 abridge — a•bridge [[t]əˈbrɪdʒ[/t]] v. t. a•bridged, a•bridg•ing 1) to shorten by omissions while retaining the basic contents: to abridge a book[/ex] 2) to reduce or lessen in duration, scope, or extent; diminish; curtail: to abridge a visit[/ex] 3) to… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 13 abridge — transitive verb (abridged; abridging) 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 …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 14 abridge — verb /əˈbrɪdʒ/ a) To make shorter; to shorten in duration. , The bridegroom ... abridged his visit. Smollett b) To shorten or contract by using fewer words, yet retaining the sense; …

    Wiktionary

  • 15 abridge — verb she was hired to abridge the works of Shakespeare for a children s book club Syn: shorten, cut, cut short, cut down, curtail, truncate, trim, crop, clip, pare down, prune; abbreviate, condense, contract, compress, reduce, decrease, shrink …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 16 abridge — To reduce or contract; to diminish or curtail. Usually spoken of written language. See abridgment. Copyright law. To epitomize; to reduce; to contract. It implies preserving the substance, the essence, of a work, in language suited to such a… …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 17 abridge — To reduce or contract; to diminish or curtail. Usually spoken of written language. See abridgment. Copyright law. To epitomize; to reduce; to contract. It implies preserving the substance, the essence, of a work, in language suited to such a… …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 18 abridge — To reduce; to cut down; to omit a part of a prayer or demand for relief. To abridge within the meaning of the law of copyright is to preserve the substance, the essence, of the work in more terse language suited to the purpose. 18 Am J2d Copyr §… …

    Ballentine's law dictionary

  • 19 abridge — Synonyms and related words: abbreviate, abstract, bereave, bleed, blot out, blue pencil, bob, boil down, bowdlerize, brief, cancel, capsule, capsulize, censor, clip, compress, condense, contract, crop, cross out, curtail, cut, cut back, cut down …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20 abridge — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. condense, shorten, compress, contract. See shortness.Ant., expand, extend. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. digest, condense, compress, shorten; see decrease 2 , shorten . See Synonym Study at shorten . III… …

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