Verb abridge Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


abridge (third-person singular simple present abridges, present participle abridging, simple past and past participle abridged)

  1. (transitive, archaic) To deprive; to cut off. [3]
  2. (transitive, archaic, rare) To debar from. [3]
  3. (transitive) To make shorter; to shorten in duration or extent. [3]
  4. (transitive) To shorten or contract by using fewer words, yet retaining the sense; to epitomize; to condense[4]. [3]
  5. (transitive) Cut short; truncate. [3]
  6. (transitive) To curtail. [3]

More definition: shorten by omissions while retaining the basic contents, to abridge a reference book. reduce or lessen in duration, scope, authority, etc.; diminish; curtail, to abridge a visit; to abridge one's freedom. deprive; cut off.

1. to reduce the length of (a written work) by condensing or rewriting

2. to curtail; diminish

3. (archaic) to deprive of (privileges, rights, etc) Derived Formsabridgable, abridgeable, adjectiveabridger, noun Word OriginC14, via Old French abregier from Late Latin abbreviāre to shortenCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
c.1300, abreggen, "to make shorter, to condense," from Old French abregier "abridge, diminish, shorten," from Late Latin abbreviare "make short" (see abbreviate). The sound development from Latin -vi- to French -dg- is paralleled in assuage (from assuavidare) and deluge (from diluvium). Related, Abridged; abridging.


So little was the collection considered as a literary work with a definite text that every one assumed a right to abridge or enlarge, to insert ideas of his own, or fresh scriptural quotations; nor were the scribes and translators by any means scrupulous about the names of natural objects, and even the passages from Holy Writ.

Alcuin (q.v.) does nothing more in his Dialectic than abridge Boetius and the other commentators.

Immediately afterward he was a member of a commission appointed "to revise the laws in force in the state; to select, abridge, alter and digest them, so as to be accommodated to the present government."

And xv.) make any treaty or alliance; coin money or make anything, save gold and silver coin, a legal tender; pass any bill of attainder or ex post facto law, or law impairing the obligation of contracts; have any but a republican form of government; grant any title of nobility; maintain slavery; abridge the privileges of any citizen of the United States, or deny to him the right of voting on account of race, colour or previous condition of servitude; deprive any person of life, liberty or property without due process of law; deny to any person the equal protection of the laws.

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