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abridge (verb) curtail or condense.

Usually novels, and plays are abridged. That is, they are made shorter by leaving off parts not so important, and by making the language simpler. A number of very lengthy great novels are abridged for use in schools and colleges, and for young readers in general. Reports are often abridged to make it convenient for busy people to go through them. Abridge also means to condense.

  • Almost all the novels of Charles Dickens have been abridged, though some of them have failed to bring out the spirit of their originals.
  • Not usually does one get from an abridged novel the pleasure and satisfaction the reading of the original gives.
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