from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- intransitive verb To make short or shorter.
- intransitive verb To reduce in force, efficacy, or intensity.
- intransitive verb To add shortening to (dough) so as to make flaky.
- intransitive verb Nautical To take in (a sail) so that less canvas is exposed to the wind, thereby reducing speed.
- intransitive verb To become short or shorter.
from The Century Dictionary.
- To become short or shorter; contract; diminish in length: as, ropes shorten when wet.
- To make anything short: used with in in the nautical phrase to shorten in on the cable, to heave in short or shorter.
- To come short; fail.
- To make short or shorter; abridge; curtail: as, to
shortenhours of work; to shorten the skirt of a dress.
- To make appear short: as, pleasant companionship shortens a journey; a concave mirror shortens the face.
- Figuratively, to make inefficient or incapable. Compare
- To take in; contract; lessen in extent or amount: as, to
shortensail; to shorten an allowance.
- To check; confine; restrain.
- To deprive.
- To cause to come short or fail.
- To make short or friable, as pastry with butter or lard.
- To pronounce or measure as short: as, to
shortena vowel or syllable.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- intransitive verb To become short or shorter
- transitive verb To make short or shorter in measure, extent, or time
- transitive verb To reduce or diminish in amount, quantity, or extent; to lessen; to abridge; to curtail; to contract
- transitive verb To make deficient (as to); to deprive; -- with
- transitive verb To make short or friable, as pastry, with butter, lard, pot liquor, or the like.
- transitive verb (Naut.) to take in the slack of it.
- transitive verb (Naut.) to reduce sail by taking it in.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- verb transitive To make
shorter; to abbreviate.
- verb intransitive To become shorter.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- verb make short or shorter
- verb make shorter than originally intended; reduce or retrench in length or duration
- verb reduce in scope while retaining essential elements
- verb become short or shorter
- verb edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
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