1. Verb.  (transitive) To make shorter; to shorten in duration.
  2. Verb.  (transitive) To shorten or contract by using fewer words, yet retaining the sense; to epitomize; to condense; as, to '''abridge''' a history or dictionary.
  3. Verb.  (transitive) To deprive; to cut off; -- followed by ''of'', and formerly by ''from''; as, to '''abridge''' one of his rights.
  4. Verb.  (transitive) To lessen; to diminish; to curtail; as, to '''abridge''' labor; to '''abridge''' power or rights.

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