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Definition of shorten verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[transitive, intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they shorten
he / she / it shortens
past simple shortened
-ing form shortening
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to make something shorter; to become shorter shorten (something) Injury problems could shorten his career. a shortened version of the game In November the temperatures drop and the days shorten. shorten something to something Her name's Katherine, generally shortened to Kay. opposite lengthen
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