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KK Pronunciation

〔 ˋʃɒrtN 〕


〔 ˊʃɒːtn 〕

Overview of verb shorten

The verb shorten has 5 senses

  • shorten -- (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 -- (reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The manuscript must be shortened")

  • shorten -- (make short or shorter; "shorten the skirt"; "shorten the rope by a few inches")

  • shorten -- (become short or shorter; "In winter, the days shorten")

  • bowdlerize, bowdlerise, expurgate, castrate, shorten -- (edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate; "bowdlerize a novel")