- Verb. (transitive) To make shorter; to shorten; to abridge; to reduce by means of contraction or omission, especially of words written or spoken.
- Verb. (mathematics) To reduce to lower terms, as a fraction.
- Adjective. (rare) Abbreviated; abridged; shortened.
- Adjective. (biology) Having one part relatively shorter than another or than the ordinary type.
- Noun. (obsolete) An abridgment.