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shorten

short·en

shorten

 
 
pronunciation:
shor tn
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
features:
Word Combinations (verb), Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: shortened, shortening, shortens
definition 1: to make shorter.
synonyms:
abbreviate, curtail, cut, truncate
antonyms:
elongate, expand, extend, lengthen, prolong, protract
similar words:
abridge, chip, condense, contract, crop, decrease, diminish, pare, reduce, shrink, trim
definition 2: to add butter or fat to (bread, pastry, or the like).
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to become shorter.
antonyms:
elongate, extend, lengthen
similar words:
contract, shrink
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derivations: shortened (adj.), shortener (n.)
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