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  1. [verb] make shorter than originally intended; reduce or retrench in length or duration; "He shortened his trip due to illness"

  2. [verb] reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The manuscript must be shortened"
    Synonyms: abridge, foreabbreviate, cut, contract, reduce

  3. [verb] make short or shorter; "shorten the skirt"; "shorten the rope by a few inches"

  4. [verb] become short or shorter; "In winter, the days shorten"

  5. [verb] edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate; "bowdlerize a novel"
    Synonyms: bowdlerize, bowdlerise, expurgate, castrate


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