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(verb)
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
make short or shorter
"shorten the skirt"; "shorten the rope by a few inches"
become short or shorter
"In winter, the days shorten"
bowdlerize, bowdlerise, expurgate, castrate, shorten(verb)
edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate
"bowdlerize a novel"
English Synonyms and Antonyms
i will abridge my name.
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How to use shorten in a sentence?
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.
Due to the complication of the situation, the President decided to shorten his visit to Switzerland and ... return to Ukraine on (Wednesday).
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.
My wife bought me this to help shorten my commute.
You can carry luggage, my wife bought me this to help shorten my commute.
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- kürzer werden, verkürzenGerman
- abreviar, acortar, acortarse, reducirSpanish
- écourter, raccourcirFrench
- giorraichScottish Gaelic
- 短縮, 短いJapanese
- paīsināt, saīsināt, īsinātLatvian
- крати, куси, скусува, скратуваMacedonian
- skrócić, skracaćPolish
- укорачиваться, сокращать, сократиться, укоротиться, укоротить, укорачивать, сократить, сокращатьсяRussian
- скратити, skratitiSerbo-Croatian
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