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(Divest), verb attach, deprive of, dispossess of, disseise, divest of, expropriate, limit, restrict, seize, strip, take away, usurp, wrest from

abridge

(Shorten), verb abbreviate, bate, boil down, capsulize, circumcidere, compress, condense, contract, contrahere, curtail, cut down, decrease, diminish, foreshorten, give the sum and substance, lessen, praecidere, reduce, shrink, sketch, subtract, summarize, synopsize, take away, telescope, trim, whittle
See also: abstract, commute, condense, constrict, curtail, decrease, digest, diminish, discount, expurgate, extract, lessen, minimize, reduce, retrench

abridge

to reduce the effect of a law, privilege or power.

TO ABRIDGE, practice. To make shorter in words, so as to retain the sense or substance. In law it signifies particularly the making of a declaration or count shorter, by taking or severing away some of the substance from it. Brook, tit. Abridgment; Com. Dig. Abridgment; 1 Vin. Ab. 109.
     2. Abridgment of the Plaint is allowed even after verdict and before judgment (Booth on R. A.) in an cases of real actions where the writ is de lib. ten. generally, as in assize, dower; &c.; because, after the abridgment the writ is still true, it being liberum tenementum still. But it is not allowed in a proecipe quod reddat, demanding a certain number of acres; for this would falsify the writ. See 2 Saund. 44, (n.) 4 ; Bro. Abr. Tit. Abr.; 12 Levin's Ent. 76; 2 Saund. 330; Gilb. C. P. 249-253; Thel. Dig. 76, c. 28, pl. 15, lib. 8.

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It is difficult to explain logically why an abridger or memorial reconstructor of Q2 might suggest Q1's Hamlet feels suspicious, especially as the abridger/reconstructor does not provide a context for such suspicions.
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As Kastan demonstrates, the Acts and Monuments as it came to exist in the "English imagination" is not one book; "rather, it is several different books, each reflecting the particular interests of its editors, redactors, abridgers, and publishers every bit as much as they reflect Foxe's own concerns" (129).
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Producers, performers, abridgers and the like will all be freelance, engaged to work on one title.