"The new law might abridge our freedom of expression"
"The manuscript must be abridged"
- taken from Wordnet dictionary
Abridge is a transitive verb.It means to shorten by condensation or omission while retaining the basic contents (The Random House Webster's College Dictionary).Proper use: Audio book publishers often abridge novels so they require fewer tapes.Improper use: The stream was small and we abridged it easily.Use as a noun: I'll cross that abridge when i come to it.It isn't a noun and, most often, should not be used as one.
1. to shorten by omissions while retaining the basic contents: to abridge a reference book. 2. to reduce or lessen in duration, scope, authority, etc.; diminish; curtail: to abridge a visit; to abridge one's freedom. 3. to deprive; cut off. 1. to shorten by omissions while retaining the basic contents: to abridge a reference book. 2. to reduce or lessen in duration, scope, authority, etc.; diminish; curtail: to abridge a visit; to abridge one's freedom. 3. to deprive; cut off.
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