Meaning of shorten

Definition of shorten

(verb) make shorter than originally intended; reduce or retrench in length or duration; "He shortened his trip due to illness"
reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The manuscript must be shortened"
make short or shorter; "shorten the skirt"; "shorten the rope by a few inches"
become short or shorter; "In winter, the days shorten"
edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate; "bowdlerize a novel"

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