V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: to make something shorter by cutting off a part

Synonyms: shorten, crop, cut, curtail, trim, abbreviate, prune

Antonyms: elongate, lengthen, increase

Tips: Truncate is derived from the Latin truncatus, which means "to cut off." For a memory trick, think of a tree being truncated and reduced to a stub of a trunk. Truncate tends to carry a negative connotation because of its origin, "to cut off a limb." Truncate is related to curtail, condense, abridge, and abbreviate. See a detailed analysis at condense.

Usage Examples:

Because my report was longer than allowed, I had to truncate the ending. (cut, shorten, trim)

If his acceptance speech runs too long, it will later be truncated in the editing room. (cut, shortened)

The movie was truncated so that it would fit the television time slot. (trimmed, shortened, cut)

Many people truncate certain words when sending e-mails. (abbreviate, shorten)

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