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synonyms for shortens

  • abbreviate
  • compress
  • curtail
  • cut
  • cut back
  • cut down
  • lessen
  • minimize
  • reduce
  • shrink
  • slash
  • trim
  • abridge
  • bob
  • chop
  • clip
  • condense
  • contract
  • dock
  • edit
  • elide
  • excerpt
  • lop
  • retrench
  • snip
  • blue pencil
  • boil down
  • cut to the bone
  • make a long story short
  • put in a nutshell

antonyms for shortens

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  • develop
  • enlarge
  • expand
  • extend
  • grow
  • increase
  • lengthen
  • raise
  • strengthen
  • stretch
  • amplify
  • elongate
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How to use shortens in a sentence

Nearly every one of us has some disease of the mind or body that shortens our natural existence.
THE WHALE AND THE GRASSHOPPERSEUMAS O'BRIEN
It shortens the journey to get out and walk; but then you will have to wait so long for your luggage—unless you hump it with you.
OVER THE SLIPRAILSHENRY LAWSON
The London air shortens and clips those beams, and yet leaves daylight the finest thing we know.
CERES' RUNAWAYALICE MEYNELL
War shortens much life and fills more with misery, hence it is utterly immoral, and this is equally true of poverty and slavery.
COMMUNISM AND CHRISTIANISMWILLIAM MONTGOMERY BROWN
War shortens many lives and fills more with misery; hence its essential inhumanity and immorality.
COMMUNISM AND CHRISTIANISMWILLIAM MONTGOMERY BROWN
And, indeed, the whole endless action of refusal shortens the life we could desire to live.
THE RHYTHM OF LIFEALICE MEYNELL
The one, amiable and of good companionship, shortens the troubles of the journey by the gayety of its plays.
THE AESTHETICAL ESSAYSFRIEDRICH SCHILLER
One would naturally infer that the use of tobacco shortens life.
THE HARRIS-INGRAM EXPERIMENTCHARLES E. BOLTON
If Germany shortens her lines, this will be a confession of defeat and will deprive her of the conquered territories.
THE STORY OF THE GREAT WAR, VOLUME I (OF 8)VARIOUS
Her smile struck him as charming, and such an impression shortens many steps.
THE REAL THING AND OTHER TALESHENRY JAMES
SYNONYM OF THE DAY
OCTOBER 26, 1985
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