shorten  

  • Definition of shorten

    • (v): edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate; "bowdlerize a novel"  
    • (v): reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The manuscript must be shortened"  
    • (v): become short or shorter; "In winter, the days shorten"  
    • (v): make shorter than originally intended; reduce or retrench in length or duration; "He shortened his trip due to illness"  
    • (v): make short or shorter; "shorten the skirt"; "shorten the rope by a few inches"  

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