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Definition 1: become short or shorter - [verb of change]

Samples where shorten or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • In winter, the days shorten

(shorten is a kind of ...) decrease in size, extent, or range

"The amount of homework decreased towards the end of the semester" "The cabin pressure fell dramatically" "her weight fell to under a hundred pounds" "his voice fell to a whisper"

Definition 2: make shorter than originally intended; reduce or retrench in length or duration - [verb of change]

Samples where shorten or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He shortened his trip due to illness

(shorten is a kind of ...) cut down on; make a reduction in

"reduce your daily fat intake" "The employer wants to cut back health benefits"

(... is a kind of shorten ) shorten lines in a drawing so as to create an illusion of depth

(... is a kind of shorten ) terminate or abbreviate before its intended or proper end or its full extent

"My speech was cut short" "Personal freedom is curtailed in many countries"

(... is a kind of shorten ) omit a sound or letter in a word

"syncopate a word"

(... is a kind of shorten ) make shorter as if by cutting off

"truncate a word" "Erosion has truncated the ridges of the mountains"

(shorten causes ...) become short or shorter

"In winter, the days shorten"

Definition 3: reduce in scope while retaining essential elements - [verb of change]

Samples where shorten or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The manuscript must be shortened

Synonyms for shorten in the sense of this definition

(shorten is a kind of ...) make smaller

"He decreased his staff"

(... is a kind of shorten ) edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate

"bowdlerize a novel"

(... is a kind of shorten ) make more concise

"condense the contents of a book into a summary"

(shorten has a similar meaning as ...) cut and assemble the components of

"edit film" "cut recording tape"

Definition 4: edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate - [verb of change]

Samples where shorten or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • bowdlerize a novel

Synonyms for shorten in the sense of this definition

(shorten is a kind of ...) reduce in scope while retaining essential elements

"The manuscript must be shortened"

Definition 5: make short or shorter - [verb of change]

Samples where shorten or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • shorten the skirt
  • shorten the rope by a few inches

(shorten is a kind of ...) cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

"The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city" "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

(... is a kind of shorten ) shorten as if by severing the edges or ends of

"cut my hair"

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