Definition of “shorten” - English Dictionary

“shorten” in British English

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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)

“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)