The definition of abridge is to reduce or condense the size or scope.(verb)
An example of abridge is to shorten a novel to record it as an audio book.
See abridge in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME abregen < OFr abregier < LL abbreviare, abbreviate
See abridge in American Heritage Dictionary 4
transitive verb a·bridged, a·bridg·ing, a·bridg·es
Origin: Middle English abregen
Origin: , from Old French abregier
Origin: , from Late Latin abbreviāre, to shorten; see abbreviate.
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