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
implies reduction in compass by condensing, omitting parts, etc. but usually connotes that what is essential is kept to abridge a dictionary
implies a making shorter than was originally intended, as because of necessity or expediency expenditures curtailed because of a reduced income
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 46 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for shorten, like: abridge, compress, shrink, curtail, condense, pare-down, truncate, abbreviate, reduce, decrease and cut-short.
It has long been a Canadian ideal to shorten the distance from Lake Superior to the sea.
If you're handy with a needle and thread, you can easily shorten the sleeves yourself.
As this amount seems to be markedly less than that which would be expected from the cause in question, it is probable that some other cause tends to accelerate the earth's rotation and so to shorten the day.
Ironically, to protect the sanctity of her life, she had to shorten it.
It is chiefly distinguished from it by a marked tendency to shorten words at all costs, e.g.