Part of speech: verb

To deprive of.

Part of speech: verb

To make shorter; condense; cut short.

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Usage examples "abridge":

  1. Improvements may be made in the implements and machinery used in mining, which may considerably abridge labour; new and more productive mines may be discovered, in which, with the same labour, more metal may be obtained; or the facilities of bringing it to market may be increased. - "On The Principles of Political Economy, and Taxation", David Ricardo.
  2. I shall regret your thinking it necessary to abridge or leave out anything which you may have to say connected with the subject, and particularly if you should so determine, because more time will otherwise be required before you can publish. - "Letters of David Ricardo to Thomas Robert Malthus, 1810-1823", David Ricardo.
  3. On the contrary, no human legislature has power to abridge or destroy them, unless the owner shall himself commit some act that amounts to a forfeiture. - "The Unconstitutionality of Slavery", Lysander Spooner.