Shorten Definition

shôrtn
shortened, shortening, shortens
verb
shortened, shortening, shortens
To make short or shorter; reduce in length, amount, or extent.
Webster's New World
To reduce in force, efficacy, or intensity.
American Heritage
To reef or furl (a sail) so that less canvas is exposed to the breeze.
Webster's New World
To become short or shorter.
Webster's New World
To add shortening in making (pastry, etc.) for crispness or flakiness.
Webster's New World
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Origin of Shorten

  • From short +"Ž -en.

    From Wiktionary

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