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[uh-brij] /əˈbrɪdʒ/
verb (used with object), abridged, abridging.
to shorten by omissions while retaining the basic contents:
to abridge a reference book.
to reduce or lessen in duration, scope, authority, etc.; diminish; curtail:
to abridge a visit; to abridge one's freedom.
to deprive; cut off.
Origin of abridge
1350-1400; Middle English abreggen, abriggen < Middle French abreg(i)er < Late Latin abbreviāre to shorten. See a-4, abbreviate
Related forms
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. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for abridged
  • The abridged version is that two deployment attempts failed.
  • The risk of moving society into media where individual rights are regularly abridged is too great.
  • As time went on, historians have found that all the bureaucratic restrictions were eventually broken or abridged.
British Dictionary definitions for abridged


verb (transitive)
to reduce the length of (a written work) by condensing or rewriting
to curtail; diminish
(archaic) to deprive of (privileges, rights, etc)
Derived Forms
abridgable, abridgeable, adjective
abridger, noun
Word Origin
C14: via Old French abregier from Late Latin abbreviāre to shorten
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Word Origin and History for abridged



c.1300, abreggen, "to make shorter, to condense," from Old French abregier "abridge, diminish, shorten," from Late Latin abbreviare "make short" (see abbreviate). The sound development from Latin -vi- to French -dg- is paralleled in assuage (from assuavidare) and deluge (from diluvium). Related: Abridged; abridging.

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