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Dictionary Results for shorten

1. shorten - verb

· make shorter than originally intended; reduce or retrench in length or duration; "He shortened his trip due to illness"

Hypernym(s): reduce, cut_down, cut_back, trim, trim_down, trim_back, cut, bring_down

Antonym(s): lengthen

2. shorten - verb

· reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The manuscript must be shortened"

Synonym(s): abridge, foreshorten, abbreviate, cut, contract, reduce

Hypernym(s): decrease, lessen, minify

3. shorten - verb

· make short or shorter; "shorten the skirt"; "shorten the rope by a few inches"

Hypernym(s): change, alter, modify

4. shorten - verb

· become short or shorter; "In winter, the days shorten"

Hypernym(s): decrease, diminish, lessen, fall

Antonym(s): lengthen

5. shorten - verb

· edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate; "bowdlerize a novel"

Synonym(s): bowdlerize, bowdlerise, expurgate, castrate

Hypernym(s): abridge, foreshorten, abbreviate, shorten, cut, contract, reduce

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