A a


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-brij]
    • /əˈbrɪdʒ/
    • /əˈbrɪdʒ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-brij]
    • /əˈbrɪdʒ/

Definitions of abridge word

  • verb abridge to reduce the length of (a written work) by condensing or rewriting 3
  • verb abridge to curtail; diminish 3
  • verb abridge to deprive of (privileges, rights, etc) 3
  • verb transitive abridge to reduce in scope, extent, etc.; shorten 3
  • verb transitive abridge to shorten (a piece of writing) while preserving its substance; condense 3
  • verb transitive abridge to lessen or curtail (rights, authority, etc.) 3

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Origin of abridge

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English abreggen, abriggen < Middle French abreg(i)er < Late Latin abbreviāre to shorten. See a-4, abbreviate

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Parts of speech for Abridge


abridge popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 78% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
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Synonyms for abridge

verb abridge

  • curtail — If you curtail something, you reduce or limit it.
  • abbreviate — If you abbreviate something, especially a word or a piece of writing, you make it shorter.
  • truncate — to shorten by cutting off a part; cut short: Truncate detailed explanations.
  • trim — to put into a neat or orderly condition by clipping, paring, pruning, etc.: to trim a hedge.
  • snip — to cut with a small, quick stroke, or a succession of such strokes, with scissors or the like.

Antonyms for abridge

verb abridge

  • increase — to make greater, as in number, size, strength, or quality; augment; add to: to increase taxes.
  • lengthen — to make longer; make greater in length.
  • grow — to increase by natural development, as any living organism or part by assimilation of nutriment; increase in size or substance.
  • stretch — to draw out or extend (oneself, a body, limbs, wings, etc.) to the full length or extent (often followed by out): to stretch oneself out on the ground.
  • release — to lease again.

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