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Abbreviate

Abbreviate Meaning & Definition
Abbreviate Definition And Meaning

What's The Definition Of Abbreviate?

[v] shorten, as of words; "Abbreviate `New York' and write `NY'."
[v] reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The manuscript must be shortened"

Synonyms | Synonyms for Abbreviate: abridge | contract | cut | foreshorten | shorten

Related Terms | Find terms related to Abbreviate: abridge | abstract | attenuate | be telegraphic | blot out | blue-pencil | bob | boil down | bowdlerize | cancel | capsulize | censor | circumscribe | clip | coarct | compact | compress | concentrate | condense | consolidate | constrict | constringe | contract | cramp | crop | cross out | curtail | cut | cut back | cut down | cut off short | cut short | decrease | delete | dock | draw | draw in | draw together | edit | edit out | elide | epitomize | erase | expunge | expurgate | extenuate | foreshorten | kill | knit | mow | narrow | nip | omit | poll | pollard | prune | pucker | pucker up | purse | reap | recap | recapitulate | reduce | rescind | retrench | rub out | shave | shear | shorten | slash | snub | solidify | strangle | strangulate | strike | strike off | strike out | stunt | sum up | summarize | synopsize | take in | telescope | trim | truncate | void | waste no words | wrinkle

See Also | bowdlerise | bowdlerize | castrate | concentrate | condense | decrease | expurgate | lessen | minify | reduce

Abbreviate In Webster's Dictionary

\Ab*bre"vi*ate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Abbreviated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Abbreviating}.] [L. abbreviatus, p. p. of abbreviare; ad + breviare to shorten, fr. brevis short. See {Abridge}.] 1. To make briefer; to shorten; to abridge; to reduce by contraction or omission, especially of words written or spoken. It is one thing to abbreviate by contracting, another by cutting off. --Bacon. 2. (Math.) To reduce to lower terms, as a fraction.
\Ab*bre"vi*ate\, a. [L. abbreviatus, p. p.] 1. Abbreviated; abridged; shortened. [R.] ``The abbreviate form.'' --Earle. 2. (Biol.) Having one part relatively shorter than another or than the ordinary type.
\Ab*bre"vi*ate\, n. An abridgment. [Obs.] --Elyot.

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