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English verb: bowdlerize

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


SamplesBowdlerize a novel.


ExamplesThey won't bowdlerize the story


Synonymsbowdlerise, castrate, expurgate, shorten


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


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









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