1. [Verb]: make short or shorter; "shorten the skirt"; "shorten the rope by a few inches"

2. [Verb]: reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The manuscript must be shortened"

3. [Verb]: make shorter than originally intended; reduce or retrench in length or duration; "He shortened his trip due to illness"

4. [Verb]: edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate; "bowdlerize a novel"

5. [Verb]: become short or shorter; "In winter, the days shorten"

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