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

     

    telescope

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈtelɪskəʊp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtelɪskoʊp//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they telescope
    BrE BrE//ˈtelɪskəʊp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtelɪskoʊp//
     
    he / she / it telescopes
    BrE BrE//ˈtelɪskəʊps//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtelɪskoʊps//
     
    past simple telescoped
    BrE BrE//ˈtelɪskəʊpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtelɪskoʊpt//
     
    past participle telescoped
    BrE BrE//ˈtelɪskəʊpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtelɪskoʊpt//
     
    -ing form telescoping
    BrE BrE//ˈtelɪskəʊpɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtelɪskoʊpɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] telescope (something) to become shorter, or make something shorter, by sliding sections inside one another
  2. 2[transitive] telescope something (into something) to reduce something so that it happens in less time Three episodes have been telescoped into a single programme.
  3. Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from Italian telescopio or modern Latin telescopium, from tele- ‘at a distance’ + -scopium (from Greek skopein ‘look at’).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: telescope