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Synonyms for shorten
ˈʃɔr tn

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shorten(verb)

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

    "He shortened his trip due to illness"

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

    Antonyms:
    lengthen

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

    reduce in scope while retaining essential elements

    "The manuscript must be shortened"

    Synonyms:
    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

    Antonyms:
    lengthen

  3. shorten(verb)

    make short or shorter

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

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

    Antonyms:
    lengthen

  4. shorten(verb)

    become short or shorter

    "In winter, the days shorten"

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

    Antonyms:
    lengthen

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

    edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate

    "bowdlerize a novel"

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

    Antonyms:
    lengthen

Wiktionary

  1. shorten(verb)

    Antonyms:
    lengthen

  2. shorten(verb)

    Antonyms:
    lengthen

  3. shorten(verb)

    Antonyms:
    lengthen

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. shorten

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

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

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. shorten

    Synonyms:
    curtail, lessen, abridge

Editors Contribution

  1. abridging

    to shorten

    i will abridge my name.

    Submitted by anonymous on February 28, 2020  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. shorten(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    abbreviate, abridge, retrench, cut short, cut down

  2. shorten(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    lessen, diminish, reduce

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. shorten(v)

    Synonyms:
    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

How to pronounce shorten?

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Daniel
Daniel
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Veena
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How to say shorten in sign language?

  1. shorten

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#2110limit
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#3889narrow
#4349thin
#4405trend
#4719ignore
#4915burn
#5714curve
#5998trim
#6310slim
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#8412hack
#8648conclude
#9196concentrate
#9347undertake
#12483hurry
#13161shrink
#13461tailor
#13787squeeze
#18414disregard
#19529compress
#21844tighten
#22194slew
#22984shortened
#25048lessen
#26128shorten
#28687dilute
#29637geld
#32728prune
#38212hasten
#40610veer
#41052neuter
#43009rationalize
#43430curtail
#47799spay
#54755subdue
#56041repress
#58771snub
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#66240quash
#82163abbreviate
#94999rationalise
#101576abridge
#108267constrict
#116275subjugate
#167240castrate
#248679emasculate

How to use shorten in a sentence?

  1. Judith Sherman:

    The results, once they are available, they need to be brought back to the health facility and communicated to the mother and while many efforts have been made to shorten each leg of that continuum, we need to do better. Mothers are still waiting up to two months for those test results and that can be a very long period in an HIV positive infant's life.

  2. Petro Poroshenko:

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

  3. Franklin County prosecutor Ron O'Brien:

    By giving fentanyl at these levels, we were comfortable with the information we had that it was a sufficient amount that the only rational purpose could be to shorten a person's life.

  4. Kim Chol Jin:

    My wife bought me this to help shorten my commute.

  5. Kim Chol Jin:

    You can carry luggage, my wife bought me this to help shorten my commute.


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