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Abridging Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Abridge \A*bridge"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Abridged; p. pr. & vb. n. Abridging.] [OE. abregen, OF. abregier, F. abr['e]ger, fr. L. abbreviare; ad + brevis short. See Brief and cf. Abbreviate.]
  1. To make shorter; to shorten in duration; to lessen; to diminish; to curtail; as, to abridge labor; to abridge power or rights. ``The bridegroom . . . abridged his visit.'' --Smollett. She retired herself to Sebaste, and abridged her train from state to necessity. --Fuller.
  2. To shorten or contract by using fewer words, yet retaining the sense; to epitomize; to condense; as, to abridge a history or dictionary.
  3. To deprive; to cut off; -- followed by of, and formerly by from; as, to abridge one of his rights.
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      Would that the First Amendment actually said: “Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press and centuries from now we solemnly trust these sacred rights will continue to prevail with appropriate application of wisdom and common sense pertinent to their context.” Read more on this news related to 'Abridging'
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