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shortenverb [I or T]

uk   /ˈʃɔː.tən/  us   /ˈʃɔːr.tən/
(Definition of shorten from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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)
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