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To cut short or reduce:
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  1. To cut short or reduce:
  2. To cut short; reduce; abridge
To condense or shorten the whole of something, such as a book, and not merely a portion of it.
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  1. To condense or shorten the whole of something, such as a book, and not merely a portion of it.
  2. To shorten (a piece of writing) while preserving its substance; condense
  3. To reduce in scope, extent, etc.; shorten
To make shorter:
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  1. To make shorter:
  2. To shorten (a word or phrase) by leaving out letters or, sometimes, by substituting letters, numerals, symbols, etc.
  3. To reduce (a word or phrase) to a shorter form intended to represent the full form.
To become more dense or compact.
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  1. To become more dense or compact.
  2. (Chem.) To cause molecules of (the same or different substances) to combine to form a more complex compound, often with elimination of a simple molecule, as water
  3. To cause (a gas or vapor) to change to a liquid.
To press together:
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  1. To press together:
  2. To encode (digital data) so that it can be stored or transmitted in significantly fewer bits
  3. (Computers) To encode (data) to minimize the space required for storage or transmittal:
To become smaller from exposure to heat, moisture, or cold:
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  1. To become smaller from exposure to heat, moisture, or cold:
  2. To become or appear to become smaller:
  3. To cause to become smaller.
To bring into a certain order; systematize
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  1. To bring into a certain order; systematize
  2. To bring to a specified undesirable state, as of weakness or helplessness:
  3. To decrease the viscosity of (paint, for example), as by adding a solvent.
To become or cause to become less or smaller, as in number, amount, or intensity.
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  1. To become or cause to become less or smaller, as in number, amount, or intensity.
Make shorter by cutting
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  1. Make shorter by cutting
  2. (Idiomatic) interrupt and curtail before the planned end time.
To separate into parts with or as if with a sharp-edged instrument; sever:
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  1. To separate into parts with or as if with a sharp-edged instrument; sever:
  2. To form or shape by severing or incising:
  3. To perform:
(Idiomatic) To reduce by paring or a similar gradual process.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To reduce by paring or a similar gradual process.
To shorten (a word or phrase) by leaving out letters or, sometimes, by substituting letters, numerals, symbols, etc.
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  1. To shorten (a word or phrase) by leaving out letters or, sometimes, by substituting letters, numerals, symbols, etc.
  2. To make shorter:
  3. To reduce (a word or phrase) to a shorter form intended to represent the full form.
To condense or shorten the whole of something, such as a book, and not merely a portion of it.
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  1. To condense or shorten the whole of something, such as a book, and not merely a portion of it.
  2. (Rare) To deprive (a person) of rights, privileges, etc.
  3. To reduce in scope, extent, etc.; shorten
(Chem.) To cause molecules of (the same or different substances) to combine to form a more complex compound, often with elimination of a simple molecule, as water
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  1. (Chem.) To cause molecules of (the same or different substances) to combine to form a more complex compound, often with elimination of a simple molecule, as water
  2. To become condensed
  3. To cause (a gas or vapor) to change to a liquid.
To cut short or reduce:
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  1. To cut short or reduce:
  2. To cut short; reduce; abridge
To become reduced
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  1. To become reduced
  2. To bring into a certain order; systematize
  3. To bring to a specified undesirable state, as of weakness or helplessness:

Synonym Study

  • Abbreviate usually refers to the shortening of a word or phrase by contraction or by substitution of a symbol, but also has extended, sometimes jocular applications an abbreviated account of events, an abbreviated costume
  • Abridge implies reduction in compass by condensing, omitting parts, etc. but usually connotes that what is essential is kept to abridge a dictionary
  • Curtail implies a making shorter than was originally intended, as because of necessity or expediency expenditures curtailed because of a reduced income
  • Shorten implies reduction in length, extent, or duration to shorten a rope, a visit, one's life, etc.
Find another word for shorten. In this page you can discover 19 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for shorten, like: curtail, abridge, abbreviate, condense, compress, shrink, reduce, decrease, cut-short, cut and pare-down.