Associations to the word «Abridge»

Wiktionary

ABRIDGE, verb. (transitive) (archaic) To deprive; to cut off. [First attested from around (1150 to 1350)]
ABRIDGE, verb. (transitive) (archaic) (rare) To debar from. [First attested from around (1150 to 1350)]
ABRIDGE, verb. (transitive) To make shorter; to shorten in duration or extent. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470)]
ABRIDGE, verb. (transitive) To shorten or contract by using fewer words, yet retaining the sense; to epitomize; to condense; as, to abridge a history or dictionary. [First attested in 1384.]. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470)]
ABRIDGE, verb. (transitive) Cut short; truncate. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470)]
ABRIDGE, verb. (transitive) To curtail. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470)]

Dictionary definition

ABRIDGE, verb. Reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The manuscript must be shortened".
ABRIDGE, verb. Lessen, diminish, or curtail; "the new law might abridge our freedom of expression".

Wise words

We cannot always control our thoughts, but we can control our words, and repetition impresses the subconscious, and we are then master of the situation.
Florence Scovel Shinn