Part of speech: verb

To make or become short or shorter; curtail; reduce; lessen.

Part of speech: verb

To make crisp, as pastry.

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Usage examples "shorten":

  1. More sensitive than she, feeling the situation much more uncomfortably for his country- woman than she felt it for herself, a foreign- looking fellow, who had not quite forgotten that he was an American, after a moment's hard struggle against his impulse, hastened forward to shorten for her that uncompanioned course across the floor under ten thousand search- lights. - "Aurora the Magnificent", Gertrude Hall.
  2. My envy with his honour now is bred; I hope to shorten Cromwell by the head. - "Cromwell", Shakespeare (spurious and doubtful works).
  3. To shorten detail, it required two hours more to make another hundred feet; and then the Nautilus, after taking ten minutes to crawl an inch further, came to a perfect stand still. - "All Around the Moon", Jules Verne.