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Definition of Shorten

Shorten

  1. To make short or shorter in measure, extent, or time; as, to shorten distance; to shorten a road; to shorten days of calamity.
  2. To reduce or diminish in amount, quantity, or extent; to lessen; to abridge; to curtail; to contract; as, to shorten work, an allowance of food, etc.
  3. To make deficient (as to); to deprive; -- with of.
  4. To make short or friable, as pastry, with butter, lard, pot liquor, or the like.
  5. To become short or shorter; as, the day shortens in northern latitudes from June to December; a metallic rod shortens by cold.

Shorten Quotations

I'm not sure the least educated members of the population are missing out on the advances in medical technology as much as they are adopting harmful behavioral habits that shorten their life.
S. Jay Olshansky

A sailing ship is no democracy; you don't caucus a crew as to where you'll go anymore than you inquire when they'd like to shorten sail.
Sterling Hayden

I'm not really a fashion designer. I just love clothes. I've never been to design school. I can't sketch. I can't cut patterns and things. I can shorten things. I can make a dress out of a scarf.
Kate Moss

I don't believe medical discoveries are doing much to advance human life. As fast as we create ways to extend it we are inventing ways to shorten it.
Christiaan Barnard

Richness in the world is a result of other people's poverty. We should begin to shorten the abyss between haves and have-nots.
Eduardo Galeano
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Shorten Translations

shorten in Dutch is afkorten, bekorten, inkorten
shorten in Italian is abbreviare
shorten in Portuguese is encurte
shorten in Spanish is abreviar
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