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Definition of shorten
make or become shorter: [with object]:he shortened his stride [no object]:around mid-September, days shorten and temperatures dip [with object] Sailing reduce the amount of (sail) exposed to the wind. (with reference to gambling odds) make or become shorter; decrease: [no object]:the odds had shortened to 14-1 [with object] Prosody
& Phonetics make (a vowel or syllable) short.