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, cut, contract, reduce]
     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:
     5: edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate;
        "bowdlerize a novel" [syn: bowdlerize, bowdlerise, expurgate]