Meaning of “shorten” in the English Dictionary

"shorten" in British English

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shortenverb [ I or T ]

uk /ˈʃɔː.tən/ us /ˈʃɔːr.tən/

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.

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

"shorten" in American English

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shortenverb [ T ]

us /ˈʃɔr·tən/

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)