transitive verbabridged′, abridg′ing
- to reduce in scope, extent, etc.; shorten
- to shorten (a piece of writing) while preserving its substance; condense
- to lessen or curtail (rights, authority, etc.)
- Rare to deprive (a person) of rights, privileges, etc.
Origin of abridgeMiddle English abregen from Old French abregier from Late Latin abbreviare, abbreviate