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- From Middle English abreggen (“curtail, lessen”), abregge, abrigge, from Old French abregier abreger, from Late Latin abbrevio (“make brief”), from Latin ad + brēvio (“shorten”).
- See brief and compare abbreviate
- (transitive, archaic) To deprive; to cut off. [First attested from around (1150 to 1350)]
- (transitive, archaic, rare) To debar from. [First attested from around (1150 to 1350)]
- (transitive) To make shorter; to shorten in duration or extent. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470)]
- The bridegroom ... abridged his visit. - Smollett
- She retired herself to Sebaste, and abridged her train from state to necessity. - Fuller
- (transitive) To shorten or contract by using fewer words, yet retaining the sense; to epitomize; to condense; as, to abridge a history or dictionary. [First attested in 1384.]. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470)]
- (transitive) Cut short; truncate. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470)]
- (transitive) To curtail. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470)]
- He had his rights abridged by the crooked sherrif.
Usage notes 
- (deprive): Usually used with to or sometimes with from as, to abridge one of his rights.
Derived terms 
Related terms 
to make shorter
to shorten or contract by using fewer words
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