Definitions for shorten

Definitions for (verb) shorten

Main entry: bowdlerise, bowdlerize, castrate, shorten, expurgate

Definition: edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate

Usage: bowdlerize a novel

Main entry: abbreviate, abridge, contract, cut, reduce, foreshorten, shorten

Definition: reduce in scope while retaining essential elements

Usage: The manuscript must be shortened

Main entry: shorten

Definition: become short or shorter

Usage: In winter, the days shorten

Main entry: shorten

Definition: make shorter than originally intended; reduce or retrench in length or duration

Usage: He shortened his trip due to illness

Main entry: shorten

Definition: make short or shorter

Usage: shorten the skirt; shorten the rope by a few inches

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