Synonyms for Shorten:

n.

shorten (noun)
bowdlerize, bowdlerise, expurgate, castrate.

v.

curtail (verb)
fragment, discontinue, reduce, minimize.
decrease (verb)
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.
diminish (verb)
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.
lower (verb)
drop, plunge, depress, deepen, submerge.
shorten (verb)
belittle.

Other synonyms:

telescope, cut short. curtail
pare down.
cut short
clip.

Usage examples for shorten

  1. Also there was a tendency to step higher than was at all in good form, and to shorten the stride by so doing, losing the smooth easy forward roll from the hips. – The Boy Scouts in A Trapper's Camp by Thornton W. Burgess
  2. In spring it is best to shorten in the roots one- third. – Success With Small Fruits by E. P. Roe
  3. 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