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- 1. shorten, reduce, cut down, cut back, trim, trim down, trim back, cut, bring down
- usage: make shorter than originally intended; reduce or retrench in length or duration; "He shortened his trip due to illness"
- 2. abridge, foreshorten, abbreviate, shorten, cut, contract, reduce, decrease, lessen, minify
- usage: reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The manuscript must be shortened"
- 3. shorten, change, alter, modify
- usage: make short or shorter; "shorten the skirt"; "shorten the rope by a few inches"
- 4. shorten, decrease, diminish, lessen, fall
- usage: become short or shorter; "In winter, the days shorten"
- 5. bowdlerize, bowdlerise, expurgate, castrate, shorten, abridge, foreshorten, abbreviate, shorten, cut, contract, reduce
- usage: edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate; "bowdlerize a novel"
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