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1. shorten

verb. ['ˈʃɔrtən'] make shorter than originally intended; reduce or retrench in length or duration.

Synonyms

  • foreshorten
  • trim down
  • cut
  • bring down
  • cut short
  • trim
  • curtail
  • truncate
  • cut down
  • reduce
  • cut back
  • clip
  • syncopate

Antonyms

  • disallow
  • abstain
  • integrate
  • stay

Etymology

  • -en (English)
  • -en (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • short (English)
  • short (Middle English (1100-1500))

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Rhymes with Shorten

  • throgmorton
  • mcnorton
  • whorton
  • wharton
  • warton
  • thorton
  • norton
  • morton
  • morten
  • lorton
  • korten
  • horton
  • gorton
  • forton
  • dorton
  • borton
  • borten
  • orton

How do you pronounce shorten?

Pronounce shorten as ˈʃɔrtən.

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Sentences with shorten


1. Verb, base form
Make the cuts a few inches from the tips to shorten them.

2. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
If you close one of your first credit cards, you shorten your credit history.

3. Noun, singular or mass
Going up stairs, your leg muscles contract and shorten at the same time.

Quotes about shorten


1. I'm not sure the least educated members of the population are missing out on the advances in medical technology as much as they are adopting harmful behavioral habits that shorten their life.
- S. Jay Olshansky

2. shorten

verb. ['ˈʃɔrtən'] reduce in scope while retaining essential elements.

Synonyms

  • lessen
  • foreshorten
  • bowdlerize
  • abbreviate
  • digest
  • bowdlerise
  • castrate
  • expurgate
  • edit
  • decrease
  • contract
  • concentrate
  • reduce
  • minify
  • cut
  • edit out
  • abridge

Antonyms

  • expand
  • strengthen
  • crescendo
  • maximise

Etymology

  • -en (English)
  • -en (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • short (English)
  • short (Middle English (1100-1500))

3. shorten

verb. ['ˈʃɔrtən'] make short or shorter.

Synonyms

  • alter
  • modify
  • change

Antonyms

  • strengthening
  • appreciation
  • classification
  • inflation

Etymology

  • -en (English)
  • -en (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • short (English)
  • short (Middle English (1100-1500))

4. shorten

verb. ['ˈʃɔrtən'] edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate.

Synonyms

  • cut
  • castrate
  • expurgate
  • contract
  • abridge
  • reduce
  • foreshorten
  • bowdlerize
  • abbreviate

Antonyms

  • inflate
  • accelerate
  • stretch
  • appreciate

Etymology

  • -en (English)
  • -en (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • short (English)
  • short (Middle English (1100-1500))

5. shorten

verb. ['ˈʃɔrtən'] become short or shorter.

Synonyms

  • decrease
  • lessen
  • fall

Antonyms

  • increase
  • maximize
  • escalate
  • forbid

Etymology

  • -en (English)
  • -en (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • short (English)
  • short (Middle English (1100-1500))
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