What does abridge mean?

abridge meaning in General Dictionary

to create smaller to reduce in duration to minimize to diminish to curtail concerning abridge labor to abridge power or rights

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  • lessen, diminish, or curtail
  • decrease in range while keeping important elements
  • to help make smaller; to reduce in extent; to lessen; to diminish; to curtail; because, to abridge work; to abridge energy or legal rights.
  • To shorten or contract simply by using less words, yet retaining the feeling; to epitomize; to condense; as, to abridge a record or dictionary.
  • To rob; to stop; -- followed closely by of, and previously by off; as, to abridge one of his true liberties.

abridge meaning in Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, abreggen, "to create smaller, to condense," from Old French abregier "abridge, diminish, shorten," from belated Latin abbreviare "make brief" (see abbreviate). The noise development from Latin -vi- to French -dg- is paralleled in assuage (from assuavidare) and deluge (from diluvium). Associated: Abridged; abridging.


abridge meaning in General Dictionary

(v. t.) Which will make shorter; to shorten in period; to minimize; to diminish; to curtail; because, to abridge work; to abridge power or legal rights.

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  • (v. t.) To shorten or contract through a lot fewer terms, yet retaining the feeling; to epitomize; to condense; since, to abridge a history or dictionary.
  • (v. t.) To rob; to stop; -- accompanied by of, and previously by from; since, to abridge one of his rights.

Sentence Examples with the word abridge

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.

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