What does the word abridge mean?

Usage examples for 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 by 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 by David Ricardo