Meaning of “abridge” in the English Dictionary

"abridge" in British English

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abridgeverb [ T ]

uk /əˈbrɪdʒ/ us /əˈbrɪdʒ/

to make a book, play, or piece of writing shorter by removing details and information that is not important:

The book was abridged for children.
adjective uk /əˈbrɪdʒd/ us /əˈbrɪdʒd/

the abridged edition/version of her novel
noun [ C or U ] also abridgement uk /əˈbrɪdʒ.mənt/ us /əˈbrɪdʒ.mənt/

(Definition of “abridge” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"abridge" in American English

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abridgeverb [ T ]

us /əˈbrɪdʒ/

to make a written text shorter

adjective us /əˈbrɪdʒd/

They listened to an abridged version on tape.

(Definition of “abridge” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)