To reduce the length of (a written text); condense. (verb-transitive)
To cut short; curtail. See Synonyms at shorten. (verb-transitive)
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Use "abridge" in a sentence
"And Anne, you seem to think Arabs 'abridge' the human rights of Jews, a month after Israel killed 1300 Palestinians, maimed thousands more, refuses to lift the blockade etc etc etc."
"Constitution that Congress can't begin to 'abridge' it, in its pride of place, is hawked at by this crested jay-bird."
"One could argue that such restrictions "abridge" the freedom of the press, but that argument would be specious."