abridge
[ uh-brij ]
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Part of Speech verb
Origin + Etymology
Middle English; from the Old French abregier, from late Latin abbreviare, "cut short"
Synonyms
    1.
  • curtail downsize compress decrease
    2.
  • abbreviate
Antonyms
    1.
  • expand increase extend enlarge
    2.
  • lengthen develop
Definition
1. to reduce or lessen in duration, scope, authority, etc.
2. to shorten by omissions while retaining the basic contents
Examples
1. A) Unfortunately, they had to abridge the renewal project due to budget concerns. B) She decided to abridge his role in the company while she investigated the possible theft.
2. A) She was trying to abridge the novel, but had a tall task ahead of her. B) With no chance to abridge the report, he hoped he could explain it to the panel in a succinct manner.
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