What does shorten mean?

Definitions for shorten
ˈʃɔr tnshort·en

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shortenverb

    make shorter than originally intended; reduce or retrench in length or duration

    "He shortened his trip due to illness"

  2. abridge, foreshorten, abbreviate, shorten, cut, contract, reduceverb

    reduce in scope while retaining essential elements

    "The manuscript must be shortened"

  3. shortenverb

    make short or shorter

    "shorten the skirt"; "shorten the rope by a few inches"

  4. shortenverb

    become short or shorter

    "In winter, the days shorten"

  5. bowdlerize, bowdlerise, expurgate, castrate, shortenverb

    edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate

    "bowdlerize a novel"


  1. shortenverb

    To make shorter; to abbreviate.

  2. shortenverb

    To become shorter.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shortenadjective

    to make short or shorter in measure, extent, or time; as, to shorten distance; to shorten a road; to shorten days of calamity

    Etymology: [See Short, a.]

  2. Shortenadjective

    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

    Etymology: [See Short, a.]

  3. Shortenadjective

    to make deficient (as to); to deprive; -- with of

    Etymology: [See Short, a.]

  4. Shortenadjective

    to make short or friable, as pastry, with butter, lard, pot liquor, or the like

    Etymology: [See Short, a.]

  5. Shortenverb

    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.]


  1. Shorten

    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.

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  2. hornets

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shorten in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shorten in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of shorten in a Sentence

  1. George Madhavan:

    That means that ideally, we don't sell you water. We rent you water. We take it back, we clean it. We're like a laundry service. Then you can multiply your supply of water many, many times, the water that you drink today is the same water that dinosaurs drank. We don't create or destroy water. It just goes around. So we are using engineering to shorten the loop.

  2. Steven Mnuchin:

    Everybody wants to keep it open. We may get to a point where we shorten the hours, if that's something they need to do, but Americans should know that we are going to do everything that they have access to their money at their banks, to the money in their 401(k)s, and to the money in stocks.

  3. Isseki Maeda:

    Bereaved families often feel guilty and wonder if they could do more for the patient, if they believed sedation shortened survival, their guilty feeling may become deeper. Our study indicated that continuous deep sedation did not shorten patient life or change patient’s dying process.

  4. Cullen Hightower:

    Laughing at our mistakes can lengthen our own life. Laughing at someone else's can shorten it.

  5. Kate Carnell:

    We don't want him to focus on beating Bill Shorten. we want him to focus on running the country.

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