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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /əˈbrɪd͡ʒ/
- (US) IPA(key): /əˈbrɪd͡ʒ/
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- Rhymes: -ɪdʒ
- (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)]
- (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 sheriff.
- (deprive): Usually used with to or sometimes with from as, to abridge one of his rights.
to make shorter
to shorten or contract by using fewer words
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- ^ Laurence Urdang (editor), The Random House College Dictionary (Random House, 1984 , ISBN 0-394-43600-8), page 5
- ^ Philip Babcock Gove (editor), Webster's Third International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged (G. & C. Merriam Co., 1976 , ISBN 0-87779-101-5), page 6
- Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 , ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 8
- ^ Elliott K. Dobbie, C. William Dunmore, Robert K. Barnhart, et al. (editors), Chambers Dictionary of Etymology (Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd, 2004 , ISBN 0550142304), page 4