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ABRIDGE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does abridge mean? 

ABRIDGE (verb)
  The verb ABRIDGE has 2 senses:

1. reduce in scope while retaining essential elements
2. lessen, diminish, or curtail

  Familiarity information: ABRIDGE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


ABRIDGE (verb)


Sense 1abridge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Reduce in scope while retaining essential elements

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

abridge; foreshorten; abbreviate; shorten; contract; reduce; cut

Context example:

The manuscript must be shortened

Hypernyms (to "abridge" is one way to...):

decrease; lessen; minify (make smaller)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "abridge"):

bowdlerise; bowdlerize; castrate; expurgate; shorten (edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate)

concentrate; condense; digest (make more concise)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something

Sentence example:

They won't abridge the story


Sense 2abridge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lessen, diminish, or curtail

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

the new law might abridge our freedom of expression

Hypernyms (to "abridge" is one way to...):

curb; curtail; cut back; restrict (place restrictions on)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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