- The definition of abridge is to reduce or condense the size or scope.
An example of abridge is to shorten a novel to record it as an audio book.
transitive verbabridged, abridging
- 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
transitive verba·bridged, a·bridg·ing, a·bridg·es
- To reduce the length of (a written text); condense: The editor abridged the manuscript by cutting out two chapters. See Synonyms at shorten.
- To limit; curtail: an unconstitutional law that abridged the rights of citizens.
Origin of abridgeMiddle English abregen, from Old French abregier, from Late Latin abbreviāre, to shorten; see abbreviate.
(third-person singular simple present abridges, present participle abridging, simple past and past participle abridged)
- (archaic) To deprive; to cut off. [First attested from around (1150 to 1350)]
- (archaic, rare) To debar from. [First attested from around (1150 to 1350)]
- To make shorter; to shorten in duration or extent. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470)]
- The bridegroom ... abridged his visit. - Smollett
- She retired herself to Sebaste, and abridged her train from state to necessity. - Fuller
- 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)]
- Cut short; truncate. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470)]
- To curtail. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470)]
- He had his rights abridged by the crooked sherrif.
- (deprive): Usually used with to or sometimes with from as, to abridge one of his rights.
abridge - Legal Definition
- To diminish, lessen, or restrict a legal right.
- To condense or shorten the whole of something, such as a book, and not merely a portion of it.