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Synonyms for shorten
ˈʃɔr tnshort·en

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  1. shortenverb


  2. shortenverb


  3. shortenverb


English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. shorten

    abbreviate, abridge, conclude, contract, curtail, hasten, hurry, limit, reduce

    continue, defer, delay, draw out, elongate, extend, lengthen, postpone, procrastinate, prolong, protract

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. shorten

    curtail, lessen, abridge

Princeton's WordNet

  1. shortenverb

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

    "He shortened his trip due to illness"

    bowdlerize, expurgate, abbreviate, castrate, cut, contract, abridge, reduce, foreshorten, bowdlerise


  2. abridge, foreshorten, abbreviate, shorten, cut, contract, reduceverb

    reduce in scope while retaining essential elements

    "The manuscript must be shortened"

    sign on, expurgate, skip, foreshorten, ignore, cut off, bowdlerize, bowdlerise, sign, reduce, hack, compress, tailor, quash, disregard, cut back, sign up, turn out, lose weight, slew, rationalise, switch off, castrate, prune, melt off, trim down, scale down, contract, condense, compact, thin, slim down, geld, rationalize, make out, abridge, constrict, issue, narrow, take, squeeze, bring down, trim, slue, tighten, deoxidise, abbreviate, turn off, keep down, cut, subdue, cut down, dilute, burn, subjugate, get, shrink, edit, edit out, come down, repress, press, write out, thin out, swerve, boil down, snub, slenderize, trend, curve, deoxidize, sheer, concentrate, undertake, veer, decoct, slim, trim back


  3. shortenverb

    make short or shorter

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

    bowdlerize, expurgate, abbreviate, castrate, cut, contract, abridge, reduce, foreshorten, bowdlerise


  4. shortenverb

    become short or shorter

    "In winter, the days shorten"

    bowdlerize, expurgate, abbreviate, castrate, cut, contract, abridge, reduce, foreshorten, bowdlerise


  5. bowdlerize, bowdlerise, expurgate, castrate, shortenverb

    edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate

    "bowdlerize a novel"

    emasculate, alter, bowdlerise, neuter, reduce, cut, abridge, castrate, spay, contract, foreshorten, demasculinise, expurgate, demasculinize, bowdlerize, abbreviate


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Editors Contribution

  1. abridging

    to shorten

    i will abridge my name.

    Submitted by anonymous on February 28, 2020  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. shortenverb

    abbreviate, abridge, retrench, cut short, cut down

  2. shortenverb

    lessen, diminish, reduce

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. shortenverb

    abridge, abbreviate, curtail, reduce, epitomize, contract, retrench, condense, diminish, limit, restrict, restrain, confine, circumscribe, dock, lop

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "shorten":

    abbreviate, abridge, reduce, curtail, shortened

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How to use shorten in a sentence?

  1. Donald Trump:

    We want to see how the briefing went today and how much we learned from it, if we learned a good deal from it, it will shorten that whole process considerably.

  2. Intesa Sanpaolo analyst Monica Bosio:

    It should help FCA and the future combined entity FCA-PSA to shorten its gap in the electric vehicles and in Asia.

  3. World Bank President David Malpass:

    It's essential that we shorten the time to recovery, support operations are already underway, and the expanded funding tools approved today will help sustain economies, companies and jobs.

  4. Petro Poroshenko:

    Due to the complication of the situation, the President decided to shorten his visit to Switzerland and ... return to Ukraine on (Wednesday).

  5. Donald Trump:

    The media was not treating the statements fairly, i mean, they would chop them up and then shorten the statement, and it did n’t sound proper or did n’t sound as good when they did that. It was very unfair.

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