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Definitions for shorten
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word shorten.
make shorter than originally intended; reduce or retrench in length or duration
"He shortened his trip due to illness"
abridge, foreshorten, abbreviate, shorten, cut, contract, reduceverb
reduce in scope while retaining essential elements
"The manuscript must be shortened"
make short or shorter
"shorten the skirt"; "shorten the rope by a few inches"
become short or shorter
"In winter, the days shorten"
bowdlerize, bowdlerise, expurgate, castrate, shortenverb
edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate
"bowdlerize a novel"
To make shorter; to abbreviate.
To become shorter.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: from short.
Because they see it is not generally fit, or possible, that churches should frame thanksgivings answerable to each petition, they shorten somewhat the reins of their censure. Richard Hooker.
Would you have been so brief with him, he would
Have been so brief with you, to shorten you,
For taking so the head, the whole head’s length. William Shakespeare.
To shorten its ways to knowledge, and make each perception more comprehensive, it binds them into bundles. John Locke.
None shall dare
With shorten’d sword to stab in closer war,
But in fair combat. Dryden.
War, and luxury’s more direful rage,
Thy crimes have brought, to shorten mortal breath,
With all the num’rous family of death. Dryden.
Whatever shortens the fibres, by insinuating themselves into their parts, as water in a rope, contracts. Arbuthnot.
We shorten’d days to moments by love’s art,
Whilst our two souls
Perceiv’d no passing time, as if a part
Our love had been of still eternity. John Suckling.
To be known, shortens my laid intent;
My boon I make it, that you know me not. William Shakespeare.
Here where the subject is so fruitful, I am shortened by my chain, and can only see what is forbidden me to reach. Dryd.
The Irish dwell altogether by their septs, so as they may conspire what they will; whereas if there were English placed among them, they should not be able to stir but that it should be known, and they shortened according to their demerits. Edmund Spenser.
Dishonest with lopt arms the youth appears,
Spoil’d of his nose, and shorten’d of his ears. Dryden.
to make short or shorter in measure, extent, or time; as, to shorten distance; to shorten a road; to shorten days of calamity
to reduce or diminish in amount, quantity, or extent; to lessen; to abridge; to curtail; to contract; as, to shorten work, an allowance of food, etc
to make deficient (as to); to deprive; -- with of
to make short or friable, as pastry, with butter, lard, pot liquor, or the like
to become short or shorter; as, the day shortens in northern latitudes from June to December; a metallic rod shortens by cold
Etymology: [See Short, a.]
Shorten is a file format used for compressing audio data. It is a form of data compression of files and is used to losslessly compress CD-quality audio files. Shorten is no longer developed and other lossless audio codecs such as FLAC, Monkey's Audio, TTA, and WavPack have become more popular. However, Shorten is still in use by some people because there are legally traded concert recordings in circulation that are encoded as Shorten files. Shorten files use the .shn file extension.
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Shorten is ranked #31790 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Shorten surname appeared 726 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Shorten.
79.6% or 578 total occurrences were White.
14.1% or 103 total occurrences were Black.
2.3% or 17 total occurrences were of two or more races.
2% or 15 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
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The numerical value of shorten in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of shorten in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Examples of shorten in a Sentence
World Bank President David Malpass:
It's essential that we shorten the time to recovery, support operations are already underway, and the expanded funding tools approved today will help sustain economies, companies and jobs.
When it comes to apparel, there's no secret sauce, to shorten lead times, there's no other way than doing local production.
I managed to shorten a lot of the points. There was some variety in there with the way the points finished, which was pleasing for me.
Franklin County prosecutor Ron O'Brien:
By giving fentanyl at these levels, we were comfortable with the information we had that it was a sufficient amount that the only rational purpose could be to shorten a person's life.
To make pleasures pleasant, shorten them.
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- kürzer werden, verkürzenGerman
- acortar, abreviar, acortarse, reducirSpanish
- raccourcir, écourterFrench
- giorraichScottish Gaelic
- 短縮, 短いJapanese
- īsināt, saīsināt, paīsinātLatvian
- скратува, крати, скусува, кусиMacedonian
- skrócić, skracaćPolish
- укоротиться, укорачивать, укоротить, сократиться, сократить, сокращать, сокращаться, укорачиватьсяRussian
- skratiti, скратитиSerbo-Croatian
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