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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

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

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

It is the work of fancy to enlarge, but of judgment to shorten and contract; and therefore this must be as far above the other as judgment is a greater and nobler faculty than fancy or imagination.
Robert South

Surely, the best and most effective measure is to get the economy moving and shorten the period of recession or slowdown. That's the rationale for Gordon Brown's 'fiscal stimulus' and it sounds like a good one to me.
Lucy Powell
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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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