When a book is unabridged it's the whole thing, with nothing cut out. If you're seeking a definition for a very unusual word, you may need to look in an unabridged dictionary.

To "abridge" something is to shorten it, so an unabridged edition has not been shortened. I can see that the short version of Shakespeare's works is easier to carry around, but if you want to enjoy every line, read the unabridged version. Unabridged is almost always used to describe books, but you can use it for spoken tales as well. You might not be so excited to hear the unabridged account of your sister's day at the mall.

Definitions of unabridged
  1. adjective
    (used of texts) not shortened
    “an unabridged novel”
    full-length, uncut
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    (used of texts) shortened by condensing or rewriting
    cut, shortened
    with parts removed
    abridged to half its original length
    (British informal) summarized or abridged
    primarily temporal sense; indicating or being or seeming to be limited in duration
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  2. noun
    a dictionary that has not been shortened by the omitting terms or definitions; a comprehensive dictionary
    synonyms: unabridged dictionary
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    Oxford English Dictionary
    an unabridged dictionary constructed on historical principles
    type of:
    dictionary, lexicon
    a reference book containing an alphabetical list of words with information about them
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