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abbreviate

[ uh-bree-vee-eyt ]
/ 蓹藞bri vi藢e瑟t /
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verb (used with object), ab路bre路vi路at路ed, ab路bre路vi路at路ing.
to shorten (a word or phrase) by omitting letters, substituting shorter forms, etc., so that the shortened form can represent the whole word or phrase, as ft. for foot, ab. for about, R.I. for Rhode Island, NW for Northwest, or Xn for Christian.
to reduce (anything) in length, duration, etc.; make briefer: to abbreviate a speech.
verb (used without object), ab路bre路vi路at路ed, ab路bre路vi路at路ing.
to use abbreviations.
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Origin of abbreviate

First recorded in 1400鈥50; late Middle English abbreviaten, from Late Latin abbrevi膩tus shortened (past participle of abbrevi膩re), equivalent to Latin ad-ad- + brevi膩tus (brevi(s) 鈥渟hort鈥 + -膩tus-ate1)

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See shorten.

OTHER WORDS FROM abbreviate

ab路bre路vi路a路tor, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for abbreviate

abbreviate
/ (蓹藞bri藧v瑟藢e瑟t) /

verb (tr)
to shorten (a word or phrase) by contraction or omission of some letters or words
to shorten (a speech or piece of writing) by omitting sections, paraphrasing, etc
to cut short

Derived forms of abbreviate

abbreviator, noun

Word Origin for abbreviate

C15: from the past participle of Late Latin abbrevi膩re, from Latin brevis brief
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