shorten Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “shorten” in the English Dictionary

"shorten" in British English

See all translations

shortenverb [I or T]

uk   /ˈʃɔː.tən/  us   /ˈʃɔːr-/
C1 to ​becomeshorter or to make something ​shorter: As you ​growolder, ​yourspine shortens by about an ​inch. I've ​asked him to shorten my ​greytrousers. 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

See all translations

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 ​schoolkneeinjuryprobably shortened his ​footballcareer.
(Definition of shorten from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of shorten?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“shorten” in American English

Word of the Day

hipster

someone who is very influenced by the most recent ideas and fashions

Word of the Day

Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
by Liz Walter,
February 03, 2016
My previous post (My leg hurts: Talking about illness (1)) presented some general vocabulary to use at the doctor’s. This one looks at some more specific areas of illness and explains some useful words and phrases that you may need to use or understand on a visit to the doctor’s. There are several

Read More 

awesomesauce noun
awesomesauce noun
February 01, 2016
slang the state of being extremely good or enjoyable or something or someone that is extremely good or enjoyable Recovering from the awesomesauce of another fab #Vidcon!!

Read More