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

Definitions of abridged word

  • adjective abridged An abridged book or play has been made shorter by removing some parts of it. 3
  • adjective abridged shortened; condensed 3
  • verb with object abridged to shorten by omissions while retaining the basic contents: to abridge a reference book. 1
  • verb with object abridged to reduce or lessen in duration, scope, authority, etc.; diminish; curtail: to abridge a visit; to abridge one's freedom. 1
  • verb with object abridged to deprive; cut off. 1
  • noun abridged Cut or shortened, especially of a literary work. 1

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Origin of abridged

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 Abridged


abridged 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.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

abridged usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for abridged

adjective abridged

  • edited — to supervise or direct the preparation of (a newspaper, magazine, book, etc.); serve as editor of; direct the editorial policies of.
  • condensed — A condensed book, explanation, or piece of information has been made shorter, usually by including only the most important parts.
  • reduced — that is or has been reduced.
  • abbreviated — made into a shorter form
  • potted — placed or enclosed in a pot.

verb abridged

  • cut — If you cut something, you use a knife or a similar tool to divide it into pieces, or to mark it or damage it. If you cut a shape or a hole in something, you make the shape or hole by using a knife or similar tool.

noun abridged

  • half-length — something that is only half a full length or height, especially a portrait that shows only the upper half of the body, including the hands.

Antonyms for abridged

adjective abridged

  • complete — You use complete to emphasize that something is as great in extent, degree, or amount as it possibly can be.
  • unabridged — not abridged or shortened, as a book.

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