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EtymologyEdit

over- +‎ shorten

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) enPR: ō'vər.shôrʹtən, IPA(key): /ˌəʊ.vəˈʃɔː.tən/
  • (US) enPR: ō'vər.shôrʹtən, IPA(key): /ˌoʊ.vɚˈʃɔɹ.tən/
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VerbEdit

overshorten (third-person singular simple present overshortens, present participle overshortening, simple past and past participle overshortened)

  1. (transitive) To shorten too much; make excessively or inappropriately short.
    • 1936, Harold Vincent Marrot (editor), The Life and Letters of John Galsworthy, page 696 (second, revised edition; Heinemann)
      This plant has only a certain capacity for daylight, and to overshorten the nights would injure it.

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