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English definition of “shorten”


verb [T]  /ˈʃɔr·tən/ us  

shorten verb [T] (LENGTH)

to make something shorter in length, distance, or height: I’d like to have this jacket shortened by about two inches.

shorten verb [T] (TIME)

to make something shorter in time: A high school knee injury probably shortened his football career.
(Definition of shorten from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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