To Abri'dge. v.a. [abreger, Fr. abbrevio, Lat.]
- To make shorter in words, keeping still the same substance.
All these sayings, being declared by Jason of Cyrene in five books, we will essay to abridge in one volume. 2 Macc. ii. 23.
- To contract, to diminish, to cut short.
The determination of the will, upon enquiry, is following the direction of that guide; and he, that has a power to act or not to act, according as such determination directs, is free. Such determination abridges not that power wherein liberty consists. Locke.
- To deprive of; in which sense it is followed by the particle from, or of, preceding the thing taken away.
I have disabled mine estate,
By shewing something a more swelling port,
Than my faint means would grant continuance;
Nor do I now make moan to be abridg'd
From such a noble rate. Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice.
They were formerly, by the common law, discharged from pontage and murage; but this privilege has been abridged them since by several statutes. Ayliffe's Parergon Juris Canonici.