[ uh-bree-vee-eyt ]
/ əˈbri viˌeɪt /
verb (used with object), ab·bre·vi·at·ed, ab·bre·vi·at·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·bre·vi·at·ed, ab·bre·vi·at·ing.
to use abbreviations.
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Origin of abbreviate
SYNONYMS FOR abbreviate
Related formsab·bre·vi·a·tor, noun
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Examples from the Web for abbreviator
Some of the chapters, of which the Greek is lost, have been preserved to us by his abbreviator Moschion.Surgical Instruments in Greek and Roman Times|John Stewart Milne
British Dictionary definitions for abbreviator
/ (əˈbriːvɪˌeɪt) /
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 Formsabbreviator, noun
Word Origin for abbreviate
C15: from the past participle of Late Latin abbreviāre, from Latin brevis brief
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