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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 visit." --Smollett. [1913 Webster] She retired herself to Sebaste, and abridged her train from state to necessity. --Fuller. [1913 Webster] 2. To shorten or contract by using fewer words, yet retaining the sense; to epitomize; to condense; as, to abridge a history or dictionary. [1913 Webster] 3. To deprive; to cut off; -- followed by of, and formerly by from; as, to abridge one of his rights. [1913 Webster]