Shorten meaning

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Shorten is defined as to reduce in length, to roll in sail canvas or to add shortening to a pastry.

An example of shorten is to cut off part of a rope.

An example of shorten is to roll in a canvas sail to reudce the size of the sail.

An example of shorten is to put shortening in cupcake batter.

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To make short or shorter.
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To reduce in force, efficacy, or intensity.
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To add shortening to (dough) so as to make flaky.
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To take in (a sail) so that less canvas is exposed to the wind, thereby reducing speed.
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To become short or shorter.
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To make short or shorter; reduce in length, amount, or extent.
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To reef or furl (a sail) so that less canvas is exposed to the breeze.
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To add shortening in making (pastry, etc.) for crispness or flakiness.
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To become short or shorter.
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To make shorter; to abbreviate.
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(intransitive) To become shorter.
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To make deficient (as to); to deprive (of).
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To make short or friable, as pastry, with butter, lard, etc.
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To reduce or diminish in amount, quantity, or extent; to lessen.

To shorten an allowance of food.

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Origin of shorten

  • From short +"Ž -en.

    From Wiktionary