shorten

Definitions of shorten
  1. verb
    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
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  2. verb
    make shorter than originally intended; reduce or retrench in length or duration
    “He shortened his trip due to illness”
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    elongate, 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
  3. verb
    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
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    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
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    decrease, lessen, minify
    make smaller
  4. verb
    edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate
    synonyms: bowdlerise, bowdlerize, castrate, expurgate
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    abbreviate, abridge, contract, cut, foreshorten, reduce
    reduce in scope while retaining essential elements
  5. verb
    become short or shorter
    “In winter, the days shorten
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    Antonyms:
    elongate, lengthen
    become long or longer
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    decrease, diminish, fall, lessen
    decrease in size, extent, or range
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