from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To reduce the length of (a written text); condense.
- transitive v. To cut short; curtail. See Synonyms at shorten.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To make shorter; to shorten in duration; to lessen; to diminish; to curtail
- transitive v. To shorten or contract by using fewer words, yet retaining the sense; to epitomize; to condense.
- transitive v. To deprive; to cut off; -- followed by of, and formerly by from.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make shorter; curtail: as, “abridged cloaks,” Scott, Ivanhoe, xiv. To shorten by condensation or omission, or both; rewrite or reconstruct on a smaller scale; put the main or essential parts of into less space: used of writings: as, Justin abridged the history of Trogus Pompeius.
- To lessen; diminish: as, to abridge labor.
- To deprive; cut off: followed by of, and formerly also by from: as, to abridge one of rights or enjoyments.
- In algebra, to reduce, as a compound quantity or equation, to a more simple form.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. lessen, diminish, or curtail
- v. reduce in scope while retaining essential elements
And Anne, you seem to think Arabs 'abridge' the human rights of Jews, a month after Israel killed 1300 Palestinians, maimed thousands more, refuses to lift the blockade etc etc etc.
Constitution that Congress can't begin to 'abridge' it, in its pride of place, is hawked at by this crested jay-bird.
One could argue that such restrictions "abridge" the freedom of the press, but that argument would be specious.
Our bar has been lowered way too far allowing laws to abridge individual freedoms in exchange for a nanny state.
He therefore was commissioned to abridge and write a preface to a now obscure work of mental philosophy, The Light of Nature Pursued by Abraham Tucker (originally published in seven volumes from 1768 to 1777), which appeared in 1807 and may have had some influence on his own later thinking.
We must be willing to abridge ourselves of our superfluities, for the supply of others necessities.
In short, a commonplace book blog: A place to quote, abridge, and commonplace passages of rhetorical, dialectic and factual interest, mix them with comment and reflection, and index them to facilitate retrieval and use, notably in the composition of my own prose.
I promised you some account of my short excursion to Dorking during the late vacant days of my employment; and I must abridge my plan I perceive before I begin, as I have other letters to write.
David Axelrod, a senior campaign adviser to President Barack Obama, said the administration had heard the Roman Catholic Church's concerns and never intended to "abridge anyone's religious freedom."
Increasingly, we have let our elected officials abridge our own economic freedoms through the annual passage of thousands of laws and their associated regulations.