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Dictionary definition for: Shorten

1. (v) make shorter than originally intended; reduce or retrench in length or duration; "He shortened his trip due to illness"

2. (v) reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The manuscript must be shortened"

3. (v) make short or shorter; "shorten the skirt" "shorten the rope by a few inches"

4. (v) become short or shorter; "In winter, the days shorten"

5. (v) edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate; "bowdlerize a novel"

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