Definition of unabridged in English:



  • (of a text) not cut or shortened; complete.

    ‘an unabridged edition’
    • ‘Back in the day when you had to rent a big set of cassette tapes to hear an unabridged book, I rented ‘Mrs.’’
    • ‘Although this war record of a Free French pilot in the RAF was first published in 1951, this is the first complete and unabridged edition and is based on M. Clostermann's wartime diary.’
    • ‘As a rule of thumb, most unabridged books will require at least eight cassettes at minimum, with very long ones like Peter the Great taking up to forty or more.’
    • ‘When I was a kid, I used to enjoy doing something very much like this by following cross-references in the unabridged dictionary at the library.’
    • ‘This reprint is the original, unabridged text.’
    • ‘You'll find it in Karrada - whether it's a gold bracelet or fuzzy slippers or the complete, unabridged collection of the late Al-Hakeem's religious lectures on CD.’
    • ‘An unabridged dictionary defines ‘mentum’ as a chin-like projection on some orchids or part of the median plate of an insect.’
    • ‘Stephen Wilson's impressive tome that weighs in at 1024 pages invokes immediate parallels to other information sources in book form, such as the Yellow Pages or any unabridged dictionary.’
    • ‘If you want to hear what that sort of accent sounds like, you can listen to the HarperCollins complete and unabridged version of Coraline on audio.’
    • ‘Nonetheless it's listed in many unabridged dictionaries.’
    • ‘Will there be an unabridged edition later, or is this simply another error?’
    • ‘I have to admit that my heart sank when we learnt that the Marionettentheater's version of Mozart's Magic Flute was complete, unabridged, entirely in German and would last 21/2 hours - but we needn't have worried.’
    • ‘Johnson and Patterson, both English professors, edited a new unabridged edition of Rural Hours and some of Cooper's other writings as well as Essays on Nature and Landscape.’
    • ‘It used to be that an unabridged dictionary and an encyclopedia would be kept accessible in middle-class homes, for settling questions of language or fact.’
    • ‘The list ran the gamut from Aristotle to Zen, from The Catcher in the Rye to The Cat in the Hat, from epic novels to unabridged dictionaries.’
    • ‘What follows is probably a gross violation of copyright law, since it's the whole obituary, complete and unabridged.’
    • ‘Rachmaninov, who put up with truncations to most of his works, absolutely refused to shorten the concerto and played it complete and unabridged in a state of tangible tension.’
    • ‘You can also try reading the whole unabridged book here, but I bet you don't make it even a quarter of the way to the end of the first chapter.’
    • ‘She also subscribes to the talking book service run by the Royal National Institute of the Blind, where she can get complete, unabridged novels on audio tape.’
    • ‘So, for Tim's peace of mind and history's record, here's the Diarist's excerpt in its unabridged entirety.’
    complete, entire, whole, intact, full-length, uncut, unshortened, unreduced, uncondensed, unexpurgated
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