Associations to the word «Shorten»


SHORTEN, verb. (transitive) To make shorter; to abbreviate.
SHORTEN, verb. (intransitive) To become shorter.
SHORTEN, verb. (transitive) To make deficient (as to); to deprive (of).
SHORTEN, verb. (transitive) To make short or friable, as pastry, with butter, lard, etc.
SHORTEN, verb. (transitive) To reduce or diminish in amount, quantity, or extent; to lessen.
SHORTEN, verb. (nautical) (transitive) To take in the slack of (a rope).
SHORTEN, verb. (nautical) (transitive) To reduce (sail) by taking it in.

Dictionary definition

SHORTEN, verb. Make shorter than originally intended; reduce or retrench in length or duration; "He shortened his trip due to illness".
SHORTEN, verb. Reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The manuscript must be shortened".
SHORTEN, verb. Make short or shorter; "shorten the skirt"; "shorten the rope by a few inches".
SHORTEN, verb. Become short or shorter; "In winter, the days shorten".
SHORTEN, verb. Edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate; "bowdlerize a novel".

Wise words

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