abridge - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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/əˈbrɪdʒ/
present tense
I/you/we/theyabridge
he/she/itabridges
present participleabridging
past tenseabridged
past participleabridged
  1. to produce a shorter form of a book, play etc by making cuts in the original

    The Editor reserves the right to abridge readersletters.

derived word

abridgement

noun [countable/uncountable]
singularabridgement
pluralabridgements