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 for shorten
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Shorten \Short"en\, v. i.
     To become short or shorter; as, the day shortens in northern
     latitudes from June to December; a metallic rod shortens by
     cold.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Shorten \Short"en\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Shortened ?; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Shortening.] [See Short, a.]
     1. To make short or shorter in measure, extent, or time; as,
        to shorten distance; to shorten a road; to shorten days of
        calamity.
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     2. To reduce or diminish in amount, quantity, or extent; to
        lessen; to abridge; to curtail; to contract; as, to
        shorten work, an allowance of food, etc.
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              Here, where the subject is so fruitful, I am
              shortened by my chain.                --Dryden.
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     3. To make deficient (as to); to deprive; -- with of.
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              Spoiled of his nose, and shortened of his ears.
                                                    --Dryden.
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     4. To make short or friable, as pastry, with butter, lard,
        pot liquor, or the like.
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     To shorten a rope (Naut.), to take in the slack of it.
  
     To shorten sail (Naut.), to reduce sail by taking it in.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  shorten
      v 1: make shorter than originally intended; reduce or retrench
           in length or duration; "He shortened his trip due to
           illness" [ant: lengthen]
      2: reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The
         manuscript must be shortened" [syn: abridge, foreshorten,
         abbreviate, shorten, cut, contract, reduce] [ant:
         dilate, elaborate, enlarge, expand, expatiate,
         exposit, expound, flesh out, lucubrate]
      3: make short or shorter; "shorten the skirt"; "shorten the rope
         by a few inches"
      4: become short or shorter; "In winter, the days shorten" [ant:
         lengthen]
      5: edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate;
         "bowdlerize a novel" [syn: bowdlerize, bowdlerise,
         expurgate, castrate, shorten]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  121 Moby Thesaurus words for "shorten":
     abate, abbreviate, abrade, abridge, abstract, bate, be telegraphic,
     bob, bobtail, boil down, brief, capsule, capsulize, circumscribe,
     clip, coarct, compact, compress, concentrate, condense,
     consolidate, constrict, constringe, contract, cramp, crop, curtail,
     cut, cut back, cut down, cut off short, cut short, damp, dampen,
     decrease, deduct, deflate, depreciate, depress, derogate, detract,
     digest, diminish, disparage, dock, downgrade, drain, draw, draw in,
     draw together, eat away, elide, epitomize, erode, excerpt, extract,
     file away, foreshorten, hem, impair, knit, leach, lessen, lower,
     minify, minimize, mow, narrow, nip, nutshell, outline, pare, poll,
     pollard, prune, pucker, pucker up, purify, purse, reap, recap,
     recapitulate, reduce, refine, remove, retrench, roll back,
     rub away, scale down, shave, shear, shrink, simplify, sketch,
     sketch out, slash, snub, solidify, step down, strangle,
     strangulate, stunt, subduct, subtract, sum up, summarize,
     synopsize, take away, take from, take in, telescope, thin,
     thin out, trim, truncate, tune down, waste no words, wear away,
     weed, withdraw, wrinkle
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  Shorten
  
      A form of lossless audio
     compression.
  
     [Details?]
  
     (2001-12-17)
  

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