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Overview of verb shorten

The verb shorten has 5 senses? (first 2 from tagged texts)
1. (6) shorten

(make shorter than originally intended; reduce or retrench in length or duration; "He shortened his trip due to illness")

2. (3) abridge, foreshorten, abbreviate, shorten, cut, contract, reduce

(reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The manuscript must be shortened")

3. shorten

(make short or shorter; "shorten the skirt"; "shorten the rope by a few inches")

4. shorten

(become short or shorter; "In winter, the days shorten")

5. bowdlerize, bowdlerise, expurgate, castrate, shorten

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