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"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 ​schoolkneeinjuryprobably shortened his ​footballcareer.
(Definition of shorten from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"shorten" in British English

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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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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