Pronunciation of Abridge
/ɐbɹˈɪd͡ʒ/, /ɐbɹˈɪd‍ʒ/, /ɐ_b_ɹ_ˈɪ_dʒ/

Synonyms for abridge:

abridge (noun)

contract, shorten, cut, reduce, foreshorten, abbreviate.

contract (verb)

condense, wither, squeeze.

decrease (verb)

compress, recede, compact, concentrate, contract, deplete, curtail, lower, shorten, die down, diminish, truncate, deduct, decrement, abbreviate, subside, dwindle, deflate, erode, lessen, drain, abate, shrink, decrease.

diminish (verb)

crop, clip, pare, nip, cull, shear, weed, bob, prune, trim, taper, lighten, reduce, shave, downgrade, minimize.

shorten (verb)


subtract (verb)

depreciate, subtract, discount, cut, elide, delete, dock.

Sense 3

cut short, brief.




cut back.


die down.


abbreviate, truncate, elide.

Other synonyms and related words:

come down, rationalize, circumscribe, keep down, repress, bowdlerize, cut short, quash, narrow, turn off, bring down, deoxidize, syncopate, get, undertake, melt off, bowdlerise, sheer, ignore, geld, swerve, confine, slim down, decoct, expurgate, curve, trim down, brief, scale down, lose weight, tighten, press, edit, slew, burn, switch off, subdue, take, sign on, veer, constrict, thin out, sign, trim back, rationalise, subjugate, cut back, foreshorten, slue, sign up, edit out, thin, make out, write out, disregard, snub, boil down, restrain, cut down.

Usage examples for abridge:

  • On the 30th of July he addressed a brief to Camayani, which it is necessary to abridge, though of much importance. - "The History of the Inquisition of Spain from the Time of its Establishment to the Reign of Ferdinand VII.", Juan Antonio Llorente.
  • The individual citizen was no longer to be subject in all things to a king, but was to be guaranteed in possession of personal liberties which no state or society might abridge. - "A Political and Social History of Modern Europe V.1.", Carlton J. H. Hayes.

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