shortens, shortening, shortened
1) V-ERG If you shorten an event or the length of time that something lasts, or if it shortens, it does not last as long as it would otherwise do or as it used to do.

[V n] Smoking can shorten your life...

[V n] The trading day is shortened in observance of the Labor Day holiday...

When the days shorten in winter some people suffer depression.

2) V-ERG If you shorten an object or if it shortens, it becomes smaller in length.

[V n] Her father paid ₤1,000 for an operation to shorten her nose. [Also V]

3) VERB If you shorten a name or other word, you change it by removing some of the letters.

[V n] Originally called Lili, she eventually shortened her name to Lee.

4) to shorten the oddssee odds

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