- shortened; made briefer: The rain led to an abbreviated picnic.
- (of clothing) scanty; barely covering the body: an abbreviated bathing suit.
- constituting a shorter or smaller version of: The large car was an abbreviated limousine.
Origin of abbreviated
- 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.
- to use abbreviations.
Origin of abbreviate
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Examples from the Web for abbreviated
Not that the government was admitting any of this during its abbreviated and often delayed press briefings.Gun-Toting Ranchers Defeat Feds
John L. Smith
April 16, 2014
Pallone found this unconscionable, particularly in an abbreviated two-month campaign.Frank Pallone’s Uphill Fight
August 5, 2013
Many of the words were abbreviated, and there were some arbitrary signs.Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home
His diary was within reach, and he thought over his abbreviated week-end.The Education of Eric Lane
Names of states should never be abbreviated on the envelope.How to Write Letters (Formerly The Book of Letters)
Mary Owens Crowther
The ulterior facts are as follows, abbreviated to the utmost.
The canopy over the throne was called the cloth of estate, often abbreviated into the estate.Robin Tremayne
Emily Sarah Holt
- 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
Word Origin and History for abbreviated
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.