To reduce the length of (a written text); condense:
To reduce (a word or phrase) to a shorter form intended to represent the full form.
To cause (a gas or vapor) to change to a liquid.
To cause to shrink:
(Chemistry) To decrease the valence of an atom by adding electrons.
To make (a quantity) smaller.
Make shorter by cutting
To move up and down:
To cut by striking with a heavy sharp tool, such as an ax:
To enclose a solid figure within (another solid figure) in a similar manner, as a cube within a sphere or a sphere within a cube
To cut short; curtail.
To shut or keep in, especially to imprison.
To enter into by contract; establish or settle by formal agreement:
(Music) To reduce (a perfect or a minor interval) by a half step
To clip short or cut off an animal's tail or other part.
To make an epitome of; sum up.
The definition of lessen is to diminish or to cause something to be diminished or reduced.
(Mathematics, intransitive) To have a limit in a particular set.
To remove by or as by cutting off
To take a sip or sips of alcoholic liquor:
To prevent or prohibit beyond a certain limit or by restriction:
To cut off or out; omit or delete
To reduce or curtail drastically:
To clip, lop, cut, etc.
To truncate is to cut off a part of or to cut short.
To cause to become greater in size, amount, degree, etc.; add to; augment
To allow (something) to develop or increase by a natural process:
To depart to, or be at, a distance; especially, to recede apparently from the sun, as a planet in its orbit.
To increase the capacity of; to expand; to give free scope or greater scope to; also, to dilate, as with joy, affection, etc.
To make larger or more powerful; increase.
Alternative form of bowdlerize.
(--- Rare) To remove the ovaries of; spay
To shorten the lines of (an object) in a drawing or other representation so as to produce an illusion of projection or extension in space.
- 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 43 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for shorten, like: abridge, curtail, abbreviate, condense, compress, shrink, reduce, decrease, cut-short, cut and pare-down.