Definition of unabridged in US English:



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

    ‘an unabridged edition’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So, for Tim's peace of mind and history's record, here's the Diarist's excerpt in its unabridged entirety.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What follows is probably a gross violation of copyright law, since it's the whole obituary, complete and unabridged.’
    • ‘Nonetheless it's listed in many unabridged dictionaries.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An unabridged dictionary defines ‘mentum’ as a chin-like projection on some orchids or part of the median plate of an insect.’
    • ‘Back in the day when you had to rent a big set of cassette tapes to hear an unabridged book, I rented ‘Mrs.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Will there be an unabridged edition later, or is this simply another error?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This reprint is the original, unabridged text.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    complete, entire, whole, intact, full-length, uncut, unshortened, unreduced, uncondensed, unexpurgated
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