shorten

DEFINITIONS OF: shorten

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v make short or shorter

shorten the skirt”
shorten the rope by a few inches”
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cut
shorten as if by severing the edges or ends of
shave, trim
cut closely
French
cut (e.g, beans) lengthwise in preparation for cooking
crop
cut short
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v make shorter than originally intended; reduce or retrench in length or duration

“He shortened his trip due to illness”
Antonyms:
lengthen
make longer
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foreshorten
shorten lines in a drawing so as to create an illusion of depth
clip, curtail, cut short
terminate or abbreviate before its intended or proper end or its full extent
syncopate
omit a sound or letter in a word
cut short, truncate
make shorter as if by cutting off
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bring down, cut, cut back, cut down, reduce, trim, trim back, trim down
cut down on; make a reduction in

v reduce in scope while retaining essential elements

“The manuscript must be shortened
Synonyms:
abbreviate, abridge, contract, cut, foreshorten, reduce
cut, edit, edit out
cut and assemble the components of
Antonyms:
dilate, elaborate, enlarge, expand, expatiate, exposit, expound, flesh out, lucubrate
add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing
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bowdlerise, bowdlerize, castrate, expurgate
edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate
concentrate, condense, digest
make more concise
capsule, capsulise, capsulize, encapsulate
put in a short or concise form; reduce in volume
telescope
make smaller or shorter
Type of:
decrease, lessen, minify
make smaller

v edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate

Synonyms:
bowdlerise, bowdlerize, castrate, expurgate
Type of:
abbreviate, abridge, contract, cut, foreshorten, reduce
reduce in scope while retaining essential elements

v become short or shorter

“In winter, the days shorten
Antonyms:
lengthen
become long or longer
Type of:
decrease, diminish, fall, lessen
decrease in size, extent, or range
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