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abridge

[uh-brij] /əˈbrɪdʒ/
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
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.
Synonyms
1. cut down; epitomize; condense, abstract, digest. See shorten. 2. contract, reduce. 3. divest.
Antonyms
1. lengthen. 2. expand.
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British Dictionary definitions for re-abridge

abridge

/əˈbrɪdʒ/
verb (transitive)
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)
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 re-abridge

abridge

v.

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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