verb (used with object), ab·bre·vi·at·ed, ab·bre·vi·at·ing.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. to use abbreviations.
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WORDS RELATED TO ABBREVIATE
abridge, compress, abort, truncate, trim, pare, cut, prune, clip, abstract, reduce, condense, contract, summarize, encapsulate, digest, restrict, curtail
SYNONYMS FOR ABBREVIATE
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Origin: 1400–50; late Middle English abbreviaten < Late Latin abbreviātus shortened (past participle of abbreviāre), equivalent to Latin ad- ad- + breviātus (brevi(s) short + -ātus -ate)
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.
DONALD RUMSFELD ON WHAT WENT RIGHT|JOHN BARRY|FEBRUARY 8, 2011|DAILY BEAST
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
On the days when there is washing or sweeping or baking to do she will have to abbreviate other things.
THE LIBRARY OF WORK AND PLAY: HOUSEKEEPING|ELIZABETH HALE GILMAN
She thought his name long, but had not yet decided how to abbreviate it.
TO LEEWARD|F. MARION CRAWFORD