Pronunciation: (u-brij'), [key]
—v.t., a•bridged, a•bridg•ing.
1. to shorten by omissions while retaining the basic contents: to abridge a reference book.
2. to reduce or lessen in duration, scope, authority, etc.; diminish; curtail: to abridge a visit; to abridge one's freedom.
3. to deprive; cut off.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.