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English verb: bowdlerise

1. bowdlerise (change) edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate

SamplesBowdlerize a novel.

ExamplesThey won't bowdlerise the story

Synonymsbowdlerize, castrate, expurgate, shorten

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)abbreviate, abridge, contract, cut, foreshorten, reduce, shorten

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