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English verb: abridge

1. abridge (change) reduce in scope while retaining essential elements


SamplesThe manuscript must be shortened.


ExamplesThey won't abridge the story


Synonymsabbreviate, contract, cut, foreshorten, reduce, shorten


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)decrease, lessen, minify


Narrower (hyponym)bowdlerise, bowdlerize, castrate, concentrate, condense, digest, expurgate, shorten


Verb groupcut, edit, edit out


Antonymselaborate, expatiate, expound, lucubrate, dilate, exposit, flesh out, enlarge, expand

2. abridge (change) lessen, diminish, or curtail


SamplesThe new law might abridge our freedom of expression.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)curb, curtail, cut back, restrict









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