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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 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

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

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

The aim is to postpone frailty, postpone degenerative disease, debilitation and so on and thereby shorten the period at the end of life, which is passed in a decrepit or disabled state, while extending life as a whole.
Aubrey de Grey
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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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