abridge (v.) Look up abridge at Dictionary.com
c. 1300, abreggen, "make shorter, shorten, condense," from Old French abregier "abridge, diminish, shorten," from Late Latin abbreviare "make short" (see abbreviate, which is the same word). The sound development from Latin -vi- to French -dg- is paralleled in assuage (from assuavidare) and deluge (from diluvium). Related: Abridged; abridging.