What does abridge mean?

Definitions for abridgeəˈbrɪdʒ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word abridge.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. abridge, foreshorten, abbreviate, shorten, cut, contract, reduce(verb)

    reduce in scope while retaining essential elements

    "The manuscript must be shortened"

  2. abridge(verb)

    lessen, diminish, or curtail

    "the new law might abridge our freedom of expression"


  1. abridge(Verb)

    To make shorter; to shorten in duration or extent.

  2. abridge(Verb)

    To shorten or contract by using fewer words, yet retaining the sense; to epitomize; to condense; as, to abridge a history or dictionary..

  3. abridge(Verb)

    To deprive; to cut off;

  4. abridge(Verb)

    To lessen; to diminish; to curtail; as, to abridge labor; to abridge power or rights.

  5. Origin: * First attested in 1303.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abridge(verb)

    to make shorter; to shorten in duration; to lessen; to diminish; to curtail; as, to abridge labor; to abridge power or rights

  2. Abridge(verb)

    to shorten or contract by using fewer words, yet retaining the sense; to epitomize; to condense; as, to abridge a history or dictionary

  3. Abridge(verb)

    to deprive; to cut off; -- followed by of, and formerly by from; as, to abridge one of his rights

  4. Origin: [OE. abregen, OF. abregier, F. abrger, fr. L. abbreviare; ad + brevis short. See Brief and cf. Abbreviate.]


  1. Abridge

    Abridge is a village in Essex, England. It is on the River Roding, 16 miles southwest of the county town of Chelmsford. The village is in the district of Epping Forest and in the parliamentary constituency of Brentwood & Ongar. It is part of the civil parish of Lambourne and is served by Lambourne Parish Council. It takes its name from the brick bridge over the River Roding, which is situated just to the north of the modern centre, on the road to Theydon Bois.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Abridge

    a-brij′, v.t. to make brief or short: to shorten: to epitomise: to curtail, as privileges or authority.—ns. Abridg′ment, Abridge′ment, contraction: shortening of time, labour or privileges: a compendium of a larger work: an epitome or synopsis: (law) the leaving out of certain portions Of a plaintiff's demand, the writ still holding good for the remainder. [O. Fr. abregier (Fr. abréger)—L. abbreviāre. See Abbreviate.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of abridge in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of abridge in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Pamela Geller:

    I will not abridge my freedoms so as not to offend savages, freedom of speech is under violent assault here.

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Translations for abridge

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • съкращавам, ограничавам, скъсявам, лишавамBulgarian
  • forkorte, sammendrageDanish
  • kürzen, verkürzenGerman
  • condensar, compendiar, privar, resumir, abreviarSpanish
  • lyhentää, typistää, riistää, viedä, supistaaFinnish
  • abrégerFrench
  • giorraichScottish Gaelic
  • limitare, abbreviare, ridurre, privare, accorciareItalian
  • abbreviōLatin
  • inkorten, verkorten, beperkenDutch
  • sammendra, forkorteNorwegian
  • abreviar, resumir, encurtar, privar, despojarPortuguese
  • суммировать, ограничивать, уменьшать, укорачивать, усекать, сокращать, урезывать, убавлятьRussian

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