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From Middle English abregen, from 14th Century Middle French abregier, (French abréger), from Late Latin abbrevio, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] ad + brēvio (“‘shorten’”). See brief and compare abbreviate
Third person singular
- (transitive) To make shorter; to shorten in duration; to lessen; to diminish; to curtail; as, to abridge labor; to abridge power or rights.
- The bridegroom ... abridged his visit. - Smollett
- She retired herself to Sebaste, and abridged her train from state to necessity. - Fuller
- (transitive) To shorten or contract by using fewer words, yet retaining the sense; to epitomize; to condense; as, to abridge a history or dictionary.
- (transitive) To deprive; to cut off; -- followed by of, and formerly by from; as, to abridge one of his rights.
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