- 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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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
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- 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
C15: from the past participle of Late Latin abbreviāre, from Latin brevis brief
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Word Origin and History for abbreviator
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.
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