Abridge (verb)

  1. To shorten or reduce the length of (a text or speech) while retaining the essential parts.
  2. To restrict or limit the scope of (something) in some way.

Origin:

From latin abridgare "to shorten", from ab- "away" + ridgare "to make straight", from rigus "straight".

Examples:

  1. The editor abridged the novel to make it more suitable for a younger audience.
  2. The teacher abridged the lesson to make it more manageable for the students.
  3. The dictionary abridges the definitions to save space.
  4. The government abridged the freedom of speech.
  5. The company abridged the employee's benefits.
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