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Meanings for shorten

to reduce or diminish something

shorten(verb)

make shorter than originally intended; reduce or retrench in length or duration

"He shortened his trip due to illness"

abridge, foreshorten, abbreviate, shorten, cut, contract, reduce(verb)

reduce in scope while retaining essential elements

"The manuscript must be shortened"

shorten(verb)

make short or shorter

"shorten the skirt"; "shorten the rope by a few inches"

shorten(verb)

become short or shorter

"In winter, the days shorten"

bowdlerize, bowdlerise, expurgate, castrate, shorten(verb)

edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate

"bowdlerize a novel"

to make less in extent or duration we decided to shorten the distance we had to walk home by cutting across the neighbor's lawn

if Grandma has to go shopping today, you'll need to shorten your visit

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Example Sentences of shorten

How can you shorten this cable?

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Antonyms for shorten

elongate extend lengthen prolong protract

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Shorten in different languages

  • berraatBreton
  • zkrátit Czech
  • kürzer werden verkürzen German
  • mallongigi Esperanto
  • abreviar acortar acortarse reducir Spanish
  • écourter raccourcir French
  • giorraichScots Gaelic
  • קיצרHebrew
  • kurteskarEsperanto
  • scorciare Italian
  • 短縮, 短いJapanese
  • abbreviō Latin
  • paīsināt saīsināt īsināt Latvian
  • крати куси скусува скратува Macedonian
  • skrócić skracać Polish
  • encurtar Portuguese
  • scurta Romanian
  • укорачиваться сокращать сократиться укоротиться укоротить укорачивать сократить сокращаться Russian
  • скратити, skratitiSerbo

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