abridgˈable or abridgeˈable adjective
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Main Entry:abridge

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  • abridge — abridgable, abridgeable, adj. abridger, n. /euh brij /, v.t., abridged, abridging. 1. to shorten by omissions while retaining the basic contents: to abridge a reference book. 2. to reduce or lessen in duration, scope, authority, etc.; diminish;… …   Universalium

  • abridge — verb 1》 shorten (a text or film) without losing the sense. 2》 Law curtail (a right or privilege). Derivatives abridgeable adjective abridgement (also chiefly US abridgment) noun abridger noun Origin ME: from OFr. abregier, from late L …   English new terms dictionary

  • abridge — /əˈbrɪdʒ / (say uh brij) verb (t) (abridged, abridging) 1. to shorten by condensation or omission, or both; rewrite or reconstruct on a smaller scale. 2. to lessen; diminish. 3. to deprive; cut off. {Middle English abrege(n), from Old French… …   Australian English dictionary

  • abridge — [ə brij′] vt. abridged, abridging [ME abregen < OFr abregier < LL abbreviare, ABBREVIATE] 1. to reduce in scope, extent, etc.; shorten 2. to shorten (a piece of writing) while preserving its substance; condense 3. to lessen or curtail… …   English World dictionary