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shorten - Dictionary definition and meaning for word shorten

Definition
(verb) make shorter than originally intended; reduce or retrench in length or duration
Example Sentence
  • He shortened his trip due to illness

Definition
(verb) reduce in scope while retaining essential elements
Example Sentence
  • The manuscript must be shortened

Definition
(verb) make short or shorter
Example Sentence
  • shorten the skirt
  • shorten the rope by a few inches

Definition
(verb) become short or shorter
Example Sentence
  • In winter, the days shorten

Definition
(verb) edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate
Example Sentence
  • bowdlerize a novel

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