vb. To make shorter in words, and to also retain the sense or substance of the work.
- To reduce or diminish. To make shorter; to shorten in duration; to lessen; to diminish; to curtail; as, to abridge labor; to abridge power or rights.
- To shorten or contract by using fewer words, yet retaining the sense; to epitomize.
- Tto condense; as, to abridge a history or dictionary. To condense a book or writing.
- To deprive; to cut off; - followed by of, and formerly by from; as, to abridge one of his rights.