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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 abridging word

  • verb with object abridging to shorten by omissions while retaining the basic contents: to abridge a reference book. 1
  • verb with object abridging to reduce or lessen in duration, scope, authority, etc.; diminish; curtail: to abridge a visit; to abridge one's freedom. 1
  • verb with object abridging to deprive; cut off. 1
  • noun abridging Present participle of abridge. 1

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Origin of abridging

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 Abridging


abridging 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.
According to our data about 50% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

abridging usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for abridging

noun abridging

  • deflation — Deflation is a reduction in economic activity that leads to lower levels of industrial output, employment, investment, trade, profits, and prices.
  • tensing — stretched tight, as a cord, fiber, etc.; drawn taut; rigid.
  • contraction — When a woman who is about to give birth has contractions, she experiences a very strong, painful tightening of the muscles of her womb.

Top questions with abridging

  • what does abridging mean?
  • what does abridging the freedom of speech mean?
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