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Verb: abridge  u'brij
  1. Reduce in scope while retaining essential elements
    "The manuscript must be abridged";
    - foreshorten, abbreviate, shorten, cut, contract, reduce
     
  2. Lessen, diminish, or curtail
    "the new law might abridge our freedom of expression"

Derived forms: abridging, abridges, abridged

Type of: curb, curtail, cut back, decrease, lessen, minify, restrict

Encyclopedia: Abridge