Definition of 'shorten'

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Synonyms of "shorten"
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Example sentences containing 'shorten'

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We are worried they could damage the fence and shorten its life. Times, Sunday Times (2014)You want to shorten the name to go global. Times, Sunday Times (2014)And abolishing the primaries would shorten the length of the presidential process from ten months to four. Chancellor, John Peril and Promise: A Commentary on America (1990)The best we can hope for is a shortening of the time of the ban. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Those odds rapidly shortened during the campaign until the last two days when betting closed. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Ultra undoubtedly shortened the war and helped to ensure victory. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Vets say being overweight can shorten the life of a dog by around two years. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The aim is to shorten the time cases take to resolve from a year to six months. Times, Sunday Times (2012)But we can shorten those odds by being alert to the danger in our midst. The Sun (2009)Their success is credited with helping to shorten the war by two years. Times, Sunday Times (2012)To make matters worse he has an illness which will shorten his life. The Sun (2011)Superb insight into what those heroes went through to shorten the war. The Sun (2014)This would help to clear her debts quicker and thus shorten the time that her credit file is affected. Times, Sunday Times (2010)But the odds are clearly shortening. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The sun could only lower in the sky, the days shorten. Paul Hyland RALEGH'S LAST JOURNEY: A Tale of Madness, Vanity and Treachery (2003)Some are colour-coded for different degrees of resistance but you can make exercises harder by shortening the length. Sally Gunnell, Kathryn Leigh BE YOUR BEST: How Anyone can become Fit, Healthy and Confident (2002)I mention that he obviously decided to shorten his first name for a reason. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The long warm days of summer shortened and September brought the first chill of winter to the night air. Kathleen E. Woodiwiss THE WOLF AND THE DOVEIt is shortening the name. Times, Sunday Times (2014)But teachers' unions argue that the changes will not help, and they are also furious over a proposal to shorten summer holidays from eight to six weeks. Times, Sunday Times (2013)

Synonyms of 'shorten'

cut, reduce, decrease, cut down
turn up, trim
get shorter, contract, diminish, dwindle

Trends of 'shorten'

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Translations for 'shorten'

British English: shorten VERB
If you shorten an event or the length of time that something lasts, or if it shortens, it does not last as long as it would otherwise do or as it used to do.
Smoking can shorten your life.


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