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How to sign: make shorter than originally intended; reduce or retrench in length or duration
"He shortened his trip due to illness";

shorten in ASL Watch how to sign shorten in American Sign Language
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Categories: bring down, cut, cut back, cut down, reduce, trim, trim back, trim down

Within this category: clip, foreshorten, syncopate, truncate


How to sign: reduce in scope while retaining essential elements
"The manuscript must be shortened";

abridge in ASL Watch how to sign abridge in American Sign Language
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Similiar / Same: abridge, foreshorten, abbreviate, contract, reduce, cut

Categories: decrease, lessen, minify

Within this category: bowdlerize, digest


How to sign: edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate
"bowdlerize a novel";

expurgate in ASL Watch how to sign expurgate in American Sign Language
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Similiar / Same: bowdlerize, bowdlerise, expurgate, castrate

Categories: abbreviate, abridge, contract, cut, foreshorten, reduce, shorten

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