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 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.
The point is to effectively shorten the bond for the investor, it doesn’t guarantee they will get their money back when the coupon steps-up, but it makes it very likely they will get their money back at that time and otherwise provides them with a high coupon bond that could likely be sold at a good price.
The election will be called in April and the election will be held in May. We're not doing this with any haste and we're not doing it with any delay, i noticed Bill Shorten's frustration yesterday, but you know, that impatience is born of arrogance.
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.
That means that ideally, we don't sell you water. We rent you water. We take it back, we clean it. We're like a laundry service. Then you can multiply your supply of water many, many times, the water that you drink today is the same water that dinosaurs drank. We don't create or destroy water. It just goes around. So we are using engineering to shorten the loop.
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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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