The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Abridge \A*bridge"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Abridged; p. pr. &
vb. n. Abridging.] [OE. abregen, OF. abregier, F.
abr['e]ger, fr. L. abbreviare; ad + brevis short. See Brief
and cf. Abbreviate.]
1. To make shorter; to shorten in duration; to lessen; to
diminish; to curtail; as, to abridge labor; to abridge
power or rights. "The bridegroom . . . abridged his
She retired herself to Sebaste, and abridged her
train from state to necessity. --Fuller.
2. To shorten or contract by using fewer words, yet retaining
the sense; to epitomize; to condense; as, to abridge a
history or dictionary.
3. To deprive; to cut off; -- followed by of, and formerly by
from; as, to abridge one of his rights.