Synonyms for Shorten:
bowdlerize, bowdlerise, expurgate, castrate.
fragment, discontinue, reduce, minimize.
contract, diminish, deplete, erode, decrease, compact, decrement, lower, abate, abridge, drain, dwindle, truncate, lessen, abbreviate, deflate, concentrate, recede, curtail, compress, die down, subside, deduct, shrink.
downgrade, shave, taper, weed, pare, lighten, cull, prune, trim, clip, crop, shear, condense, bob, nip.
•diminish, decrease (verb)
lessen, compress, contract, clip, shrink, reduce, bob, abbreviate, curtail, trim, abridge, minimize, condense.
drop, plunge, depress, deepen, submerge.
Usage examples for shorten
The sincere repentance which he showed induced the inquisitor- general, Quiroga, to shorten the duration of his penance; I must add that the purity of Ripalda's faith and morals after this event were such as to render him worthy of the esteem and respect of mankind. – The History of the Inquisition of Spain from the Time of its Establishment to the Reign of Ferdinand VII. by Juan Antonio Llorente