What does shorten mean?

Definitions for shorten
ˈʃɔr tnshort·en

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shorten(verb)

    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, reduce(verb)

    reduce in scope while retaining essential elements

    "The manuscript must be shortened"

  3. shorten(verb)

    make short or shorter

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

  4. shorten(verb)

    become short or shorter

    "In winter, the days shorten"

  5. bowdlerize, bowdlerise, expurgate, castrate, shorten(verb)

    edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate

    "bowdlerize a novel"


  1. shorten(Verb)

    To make shorter; to abbreviate.

  2. shorten(Verb)

    To become shorter.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shorten(adj)

    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. Shorten(adj)

    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. Shorten(adj)

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

    Etymology: [See Short, a.]

  4. Shorten(adj)

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

    Etymology: [See Short, a.]

  5. Shorten(verb)

    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.

Anagrams for shorten »

  1. thrones

  2. hornets

How to pronounce shorten?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say shorten in sign language?

  1. shorten


  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. Briton Murray:

    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.

  2. 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.

  3. Scott Morrison:

    The election will be called in April and the election will be held in May. We're not doing this with any haste and we're not doing it with any delay, i noticed Bill Shorten's frustration yesterday, but you know, that impatience is born of arrogance.

  4. Joe Grogan:

    This change will support kidney donation, reduce waste, and shorten transplant wait times for years to come.

  5. Jack Weinstein:

    The first question the judge asks himself is, 'If I release this person now or shorten the sentence now, will he be a greater danger to the community?' and the statistics say very clearly no.

Images & Illustrations of shorten

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