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Meaning of word shorten from English dictionary with examples, synonyms and antonyms.

shorten   verb

Meaning : Make shorter than originally intended. Reduce or retrench in length or duration.

Example : He shortened his trip due to illness.

Make longer.

Lengthen this skirt, please.

Meaning : Reduce in scope while retaining essential elements.

Example : The manuscript must be shortened.

Synonyms : abbreviate, abridge, contract, cut, foreshorten, reduce

Add details, as to an account or idea. Clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing.

She elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation.
dilate, elaborate, enlarge, expand, expatiate, exposit, expound, flesh out, lucubrate

Meaning : Make short or shorter.

Example : Shorten the skirt.
Shorten the rope by a few inches.

Meaning : Become short or shorter.

Example : In winter, the days shorten.

Become long or longer.

In Spring, the days lengthen.

Meaning : Edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate.

Example : Bowdlerize a novel.

Synonyms : bowdlerise, bowdlerize, castrate, expurgate