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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.

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