Definition of Abridge

1. Verb. Reduce in scope while retaining essential elements. "They won't abridge the story "; "The manuscript must be shortened"

Exact synonyms: Abbreviate, Contract, Cut, Foreshorten, Reduce, Shorten
Specialized synonyms: Bowdlerise, Bowdlerize, Castrate, Expurgate, Shorten, Concentrate, Condense, Digest
Related verbs: Cut, Edit, Edit Out
Generic synonyms: Decrease, Lessen, Minify
Derivative terms: Abbreviator, Abridgement, Abridger, Contraction, Shortener
Antonyms: Expand

2. Verb. Lessen, diminish, or curtail. "The new law might abridge our freedom of expression"
Generic synonyms: Curb, Curtail, Cut Back, Restrict

Definition of Abridge

1. v. t. To make shorter; to shorten in duration; to lessen; to diminish; to curtail; as, to abridge labor; to abridge power or rights.

Definition of Abridge

1. Verb. (context: transitive) To make shorter; to shorten in duration or extent. ¹

2. Verb. (context: transitive) To shorten or contract by using fewer words, yet retaining the sense; to epitomize; to condense; as, to '''abridge''' a history or dictionary.(defdate First attested in 1384.)(reference-book last = Dobbie first = Elliott K. coauthors = Dunmore, C. William, et al. editor = Barnhart, Robert K. title = Chambers Dictionary of Etymology origyear = 1998 year = 2004 publisher = Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd location = Edinburgh, Scotland isbn =0550142304 pages = 4). ¹

3. Verb. (context: transitive archaic) To deprive; to cut off; ¹

4. Verb. (context: transitive) To lessen; to diminish; to curtail; as, to '''abridge''' labor; to '''abridge''' power or rights. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Abridge

1. to reduce the length of [v ABRIDGED, ABRIDGING, ABRIDGES]

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Literary usage of Abridge

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1. A Digest of the Laws of England by Anthony Hammond, John Comyns (1824)
"So, in waste, for taking down a copper, and other wastes committed in houses, he maj abridge for the taking down of the copper. Dy. 272. b.—7. ..."

2. Political Science and Comparative Constitutional Law by John William Burgess (1890)
"The constitutional provision under consideration ordains that " no State " (commonwealth) "shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges ..."

3. A General Abridgment of Law and Equity: Alphabetically Digested Under Proper by Charles Viner (1791)
"But of a plaint or demand in D. and C. a man cannot abridge in D. for then ... he may abridge his demand of the one manor, and of this may abridge the writ ..."

4. Reports of Cases Argued and Adjudged in the Supreme Court of the United States by United States Supreme Court, William Cranch, Henry Wheaton, Richard Peters, Benjamin Chew Howard, Jeremiah Sullivan Black (1903)
"Now, it was upon this difference, that a distinction took place, in the common law, as to the right of the demandant to abridge his demand. ..."

5. An Abridgment of the Modern Determinations in the Courts of Law and Equity by Charles Viner (1791)
"A aun cannot abridge his plaint where it is of any thing ¡mire, or of parts of any thing in.'irf, as the moiety of a minor, or 3d part, arc. Thcl. Dig. ..."

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