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English definition of “shorten”

shorten

verb [I or T]     /ˈʃɔː.tən/ US  /ˈʃɔːr-/
C1 to become shorter or to make something shorter: As you grow older, your spine shortens by about an inch. I've asked him to shorten my grey trousers. The name 'William' is often shortened to 'Bill'.Low, short and shallowKnitting and sewing
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