Variant of abridge
transitive verb abridged, 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: Middle English abregen ; from Old French abregier ; from Late Latin abbreviare, abbreviate