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shorten

verb (v)

  • make shorter than originally intended; reduce or retrench in length or duration (verb.change)
    Example:
    He shortened his trip due to illness.
    source: wordnet30
  • reduce in scope while retaining essential elements (verb.change)
    Example:
    The manuscript must be shortened.
    source: wordnet30
  • make short or shorter (verb.change)
    Example:
    Shorten the skirt.
    Shorten the rope by a few inches.
    source: wordnet30
  • become short or shorter (verb.change)
    Antonym: lengthen
    Example:
    In winter, the days shorten.
    source: wordnet30
  • edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate (verb.change)
    source: wordnet30
  • To make short or shorter in measure, extent, or time; as, to shorten distance; to shorten a road; to shorten days of calamity. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To become short or shorter; as, the day shortens in northern latitudes from June to December; a metallic rod shortens by cold. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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