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

     

    foreshorten

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//fɔːˈʃɔːtn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fɔːrˈʃɔːrtn//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they foreshorten
    BrE BrE//fɔːˈʃɔːtn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fɔːrˈʃɔːrtn//
     
    he / she / it foreshortens
    BrE BrE//fɔːˈʃɔːtnz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fɔːrˈʃɔːrtnz//
     
    past simple foreshortened
    BrE BrE//fɔːˈʃɔːtnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fɔːrˈʃɔːrtnd//
     
    past participle foreshortened
    BrE BrE//fɔːˈʃɔːtnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fɔːrˈʃɔːrtnd//
     
    -ing form foreshortening
    BrE BrE//fɔːˈʃɔːtnɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fɔːrˈʃɔːrtnɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1foreshorten something/somebody (specialist) to draw, photograph, etc. objects or people so that they look smaller or closer together than they really are Viewed from above, their bodies were foreshortened and partly hidden.
  2. 2foreshorten something (formal) to end something before it would normally finish synonym curtail a foreshortened education
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: foreshorten