What is the difference between fewer and abridge?

fewer | abridge |


As a determiner fewer

is the comparative of few ; a smaller number.

As a verb abridge is

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fewer

English

Determiner

(en-det) (superlative fewest)
  • The comparative of few ; a smaller number.
  • Fewer women wear hats these days.
    There are fewer tigers than there were a hundred years ago.

    Usage notes

    See also

    * less

    abridge

    English

    Verb

    (abridg)
  • (archaic) To deprive; to cut off.
  • (transitive, archaic, rare) To debar from.
  • To make shorter; to shorten in duration or extent.
  • * The bridegroom ... abridged his visit. - Smollett
  • * She retired herself to Sebaste, and abridged her train from state to necessity. - Fuller
  • To shorten or contract by using fewer words, yet retaining the sense; to epitomize; to condense; as, to abridge a history or dictionary.
  • Cut short; truncate.
  • To curtail.
  • He had his rights abridged by the crooked sheriff.

    Usage notes

    * (deprive) Usually used with to' or sometimes with '''from''' as, to ' abridge one of his rights.

    Derived terms

    * abridged * abridger * abridgement

    Anagrams

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    References