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Meaning & Definition of Shorten in English

English

Shorten

/ʃɔrtən/

verb

1. Make shorter than originally intended

  • Reduce or retrench in length or duration
  • "He shortened his trip due to illness"
    synonym:
  • shorten

2. Reduce in scope while retaining essential elements

  • "The manuscript must be shortened"
    synonym:
  • abridge
  • ,
  • foreshorten
  • ,
  • abbreviate
  • ,
  • shorten
  • ,
  • cut
  • ,
  • contract
  • ,
  • reduce

3. Make short or shorter

  • "Shorten the skirt"
  • "Shorten the rope by a few inches"
    synonym:
  • shorten

4. Become short or shorter

  • "In winter, the days shorten"
    synonym:
  • shorten

5. Edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate

  • "Bowdlerize a novel"
    synonym:
  • bowdlerize
  • ,
  • bowdlerise
  • ,
  • expurgate
  • ,
  • castrate
  • ,
  • shorten