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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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