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Definition of "shorten" []

  • To make short or shorter. (verb-transitive)
  • Nautical To take in (a sail) so that less canvas is exposed to the wind, thereby reducing speed. (verb-transitive)
  • To reduce in force, efficacy, or intensity. (verb-transitive)
  • To add shortening to (dough) so as to make flaky. (verb-transitive)
  • To become short or shorter. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "shorten" in a sentence
  • "delightful tale, though I have trouble pronouncing the names and I like that the title shorten to Miss Blah, which defines beauty pageants for me, a very enjoyable read"
  • "In Cambodia they like to shorten the English words ... so a motorcycle is called a moto."
  • "21: 56 @Djalfy I don't remember if the Twitter homepage does the auto-shorten thing ... the url shorten is useful though."