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verb [T]  /əˈbrɪdʒ/ us  
to make a written text shorter
adjective  /əˈbrɪdʒd/ us  
They listened to an abridged version on tape.
Translations of “abridge”
in Spanish abreviar, compendiar…
in French abréger…
in German kürzen…
in Chinese (Traditional) 刪節, 節略…
in Chinese (Simplified) 删节, 节略…
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