verb (used with object), a·bridged, a·bridg·ing.
- to shorten by omissions while retaining the basic contents: to abridge a reference book.
- to reduce or lessen in duration, scope, authority, etc.; diminish; curtail: to abridge a visit; to abridge one’s freedom.
- to deprive; cut off.
- to reduce the length of (a written work) by condensing or rewriting
- to curtail; diminish
- archaic to deprive of (privileges, rights, etc)
c.1300, abreggen, “to make shorter, to condense,” from Old French abregier “abridge, diminish, shorten,” from Late Latin abbreviare “make short” (see abbreviate). The sound development from Latin -vi- to French -dg- is paralleled in assuage (from assuavidare) and deluge (from diluvium). Related: Abridged; abridging.