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Definition reduce in scope while retaining essential elements — especially to a book
  • The first commercially available audiobook was a 1981 abridged version of the Doctor Who story, State of Decay.
abridged = shortened
  • The new law might abridge our freedom of speech.
  • abridge = reduce
  • I read an abridged version of Don Quixote that deleted the extra tales in order to focus on the central story.
  • abridged = shortened
  • I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.
    James Madison
  • abridgement = reduction
    (editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use abridgment.)
  • Then death rock me asleep, abridge my doleful days!
    Shakespeare, William  --  King Henry IV, Part 2
  • He was now adding a new clause to its pages: "Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of production and trade ...."
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • abridging = reducing
  • In the abridged London edition of 1807, there are plates of an alleged "whale" and a "narwhale."
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • abridged = shortened
  • The reading sessions included Wednesday now as well, and they'd finished the water-abridged version of The Whistler and were on to The Dream Carrier.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • abridged = shortened
  • Her father is telling an abridged story of their flight, train stations, fearful crowds, omitting the stop in Evreux, but soon all of Marie-Laure's attention is absorbed by the smells blooming around her: egg, spinach, melting cheese.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • abridged = shortened (version of a)
  • thy staying will abridge thy life.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • abridge = shorten
  • And, for he would his longe tale abridge,
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • abridge = shorten; or reduce in scope while retaining essential elements
  • So are we Caesar's friends, that have abridged his time of fearing death.
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • abridged = shortened
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • abridged = shortened; or reduced in scope while retaining essential elements
  • Then death rock me asleep, abridge my doleful days!
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 2
  • abridge = shorten
  • The first row of the pious chanson will show you more; for look where my abridgment comes.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • abridgment = cut off (ending or cutting short the talk)
  • ...the great canal, by which the old roundabout route from England to India by the Cape of Good Hope was abridged by at least a half.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • abridged = shortened
  • Options for My Hypothetical Future Recovery Scenario (Abridged)
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • abridged = shortened; or reduced in scope while retaining essential elements
  • I took upon me, one Saturday noon (he was always worse on Saturdays), to hint to him, very kindly, that perhaps now that he was growing old, it might be well to abridge his labors;
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • abridge = shorten or reduce
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • abridged = made shorter
  • In the British Greenland Fishery, under the corrupted title of Specksioneer, this old Dutch official is still retained, but his former dignity is sadly abridged.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
abridged = reduced

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