Meaning of abridge

a•bridge

Pronunciation: (u-brij'), [key]
— a•bridged, a•bridg•ing.
  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; curtail: to abridge a visit; to abridge one's freedom.
  3. to deprive; cut off.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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