tr.v. a·bridged, a·bridg·ing, a·bridg·es
1. To reduce the length of (a written text); condense: The editor abridged the manuscript by cutting out two chapters. See Synonyms at shorten.
2. To limit; curtail: an unconstitutional law that abridged the rights of citizens.
[Middle English abregen, from Old French abregier, from Late Latin abbreviāre, to shorten; see ABBREVIATE.]
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