An example of abridge is to shorten a novel to record it as an audio book.
The editor abridged the manuscript by cutting out two chapters.
An unconstitutional law that abridged the rights of citizens.
He had his rights abridged by the crooked sherrif.
Origin of abridge
- Middle English abregen from Old French abregier from Late Latin abbreviāre to shorten abbreviate
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition