Etymology
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shorten (v.)

1510s, "make shorter;" 1560s, "grow shorter," from short (adj.) + -en (1); the earlier form of the verb was simply short, from Old English sceortian "to grow short, become short; run short, fail," gescyrtan "to make short."

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Definitions of shorten

shorten (v.)
make shorter than originally intended; reduce or retrench in length or duration;
He shortened his trip due to illness
shorten (v.)
reduce in scope while retaining essential elements;
The manuscript must be shortened
shorten (v.)
make short or shorter;
shorten the skirt
shorten the rope by a few inches
shorten (v.)
become short or shorter;
In winter, the days shorten
shorten (v.)
edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate;
Synonyms: bowdlerize / bowdlerise / expurgate / castrate
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