abridgable

abridge

[uh-brij]
verb (used with object), abridged, abridging.
1.
to shorten by omissions while retaining the basic contents: to abridge a reference book.
2.
to reduce or lessen in duration, scope, authority, etc.; diminish; curtail: to abridge a visit; to abridge one's freedom.
3.
to deprive; cut off.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English abreggen, abriggen < Middle French abreg(i)er < Late Latin abbreviāre to shorten. See a-4, abbreviate

abridgable, abridgeable, adjective
abridger, noun
nonabridgable, adjective
reabridge, verb (used with object), reabridged, reabridging.


1. cut down; epitomize; condense, abstract, digest. See shorten. 2. contract, reduce. 3. divest.


1. lengthen. 2. expand.
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abridge (əˈbrɪdʒ)
 
vb
1.  to reduce the length of (a written work) by condensing or rewriting
2.  to curtail; diminish
3.  archaic to deprive of (privileges, rights, etc)
 
[C14: via Old French abregier from Late Latin abbreviāre to shorten]
 
a'bridgable
 
adj
 
a'bridgeable
 
adj
 
a'bridger
 
n

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abridge
c.1300, from O.Fr. abregier "to shorten," from L.L. abbreviare "make short" (see abbreviate). The sound development from L. -vi- to Fr. -dg- is paralleled in assuage (from assuavidare) and deluge (from diluvium).
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