Definition of abridge verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

abridge

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//əˈbrɪdʒ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈbrɪdʒ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they abridge
BrE BrE//əˈbrɪdʒ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈbrɪdʒ//
 
he / she / it abridges
BrE BrE//əˈbrɪdʒɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈbrɪdʒɪz//
 
past simple abridged
BrE BrE//əˈbrɪdʒd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈbrɪdʒd//
 
past participle abridged
BrE BrE//əˈbrɪdʒd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈbrɪdʒd//
 
-ing form abridging
BrE BrE//əˈbrɪdʒɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈbrɪdʒɪŋ//
 
Writing and publishing, Describing a story
 
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abridge something to make a book, play, etc. shorter by leaving parts out She has been asked to abridge the novel for radio. See related entries: Writing and publishing, Describing a story Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘deprive of’): from Old French abregier, from late Latin abbreviare ‘cut short’ from Latin brevis ‘short’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: abridge