verb (used with object), ab·bre·vi·at·ed, ab·bre·vi·at·ing.
verb (used without object), ab·bre·vi·at·ed, ab·bre·vi·at·ing.
Origin of abbreviate
Examples from the Web for abbreviate
And it's easier to delay something than to make something happen, so things tended to elongate rather than abbreviate.
It was difficult to abbreviate Julia; Ju I had called her in my rudest school-boy days.The Doctor's Dilemma|Hesba Stretton
By this time you can pretty well imagine them, and my story is likely to be too long, unless I abbreviate.The New Penelope and Other Stories and Poems|Frances Fuller Victor
There are a number of words which we abbreviate or contract, in our every-day use.Plain English|Marian Wharton
British Dictionary definitions for abbreviate
Word Origin for abbreviate
Word Origin and History for abbreviate
mid-15c., from Latin abbreviatus, past participle of abbreviare "to shorten" (see abbreviation). Also sometimes 15c. abbrevy, from Middle French abrevier (14c.), from Latin abbreviare. Related: Abbreviated; abbreviating.