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ab·bre·vi·ate

 (ə-brē′vē-āt′)
tr.v. ab·bre·vi·at·ed, ab·bre·vi·at·ing, ab·bre·vi·ates
1. To make shorter: abbreviated the meeting to make time for your visit. See Synonyms at shorten.
2. To reduce (a word or phrase) to a shorter form intended to represent the full form.

[Middle English abbreviaten, from Late Latin abbreviāre, abbreviāt- : ad-, ad- + breviāre, to shorten (from brevis, short; see mregh-u- in Indo-European roots).]

ab·bre′vi·a′tor n.

abbreviate

(əˈbriːvɪˌeɪt)
vb (tr)
1. to shorten (a word or phrase) by contraction or omission of some letters or words
2. to shorten (a speech or piece of writing) by omitting sections, paraphrasing, etc
3. to cut short
[C15: from the past participle of Late Latin abbreviāre, from Latin brevis brief]
abˈbreviˌator n

ab•bre•vi•ate

(əˈbri viˌeɪt)

v. -at•ed, -at•ing. v.t.
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.
2. to reduce in length, duration, etc.; make briefer: to abbreviate a speech.
v.i.
3. to use abbreviations.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin abbreviātus, past participle of abbreviāre to shorten = Latin ad- ad- + -breviāre, v. derivative of brevis short]
ab•bre′vi•a`tor, n.
ab•bre′vi•a•to`ry (-vi əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i) adj.
syn: See shorten.

abbreviate


Past participle: abbreviated
Gerund: abbreviating

Imperative
abbreviate
abbreviate
Present
I abbreviate
you abbreviate
he/she/it abbreviates
we abbreviate
you abbreviate
they abbreviate
Preterite
I abbreviated
you abbreviated
he/she/it abbreviated
we abbreviated
you abbreviated
they abbreviated
Present Continuous
I am abbreviating
you are abbreviating
he/she/it is abbreviating
we are abbreviating
you are abbreviating
they are abbreviating
Present Perfect
I have abbreviated
you have abbreviated
he/she/it has abbreviated
we have abbreviated
you have abbreviated
they have abbreviated
Past Continuous
I was abbreviating
you were abbreviating
he/she/it was abbreviating
we were abbreviating
you were abbreviating
they were abbreviating
Past Perfect
I had abbreviated
you had abbreviated
he/she/it had abbreviated
we had abbreviated
you had abbreviated
they had abbreviated
Future
I will abbreviate
you will abbreviate
he/she/it will abbreviate
we will abbreviate
you will abbreviate
they will abbreviate
Future Perfect
I will have abbreviated
you will have abbreviated
he/she/it will have abbreviated
we will have abbreviated
you will have abbreviated
they will have abbreviated
Future Continuous
I will be abbreviating
you will be abbreviating
he/she/it will be abbreviating
we will be abbreviating
you will be abbreviating
they will be abbreviating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been abbreviating
you have been abbreviating
he/she/it has been abbreviating
we have been abbreviating
you have been abbreviating
they have been abbreviating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been abbreviating
you will have been abbreviating
he/she/it will have been abbreviating
we will have been abbreviating
you will have been abbreviating
they will have been abbreviating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been abbreviating
you had been abbreviating
he/she/it had been abbreviating
we had been abbreviating
you had been abbreviating
they had been abbreviating
Conditional
I would abbreviate
you would abbreviate
he/she/it would abbreviate
we would abbreviate
you would abbreviate
they would abbreviate
Past Conditional
I would have abbreviated
you would have abbreviated
he/she/it would have abbreviated
we would have abbreviated
you would have abbreviated
they would have abbreviated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.abbreviate - reduce in scope while retaining essential elementsabbreviate - reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The manuscript must be shortened"
bowdlerise, bowdlerize, expurgate, castrate, shorten - edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate; "bowdlerize a novel"
edit out, edit, cut - cut and assemble the components of; "edit film"; "cut recording tape"
condense, concentrate, digest - make more concise; "condense the contents of a book into a summary"
minify, decrease, lessen - make smaller; "He decreased his staff"
2.abbreviate - shortenabbreviate - shorten; "Abbreviate `New York' and write `NY'"
reduce - make less complex; "reduce a problem to a single question"

abbreviate

abbreviate

verb
To make short or shorter the duration or extent of:
Translations
يُخْتَصَر
zkrátit
forkorte
stytta; skammstafa
santrumpasutrumpintitrumpinti
saīsināt
kısaltmak

abbreviate

[əˈbriːvɪeɪt] VTabreviar

abbreviate

[əˈbriːvieɪt] vt [+ word, name] → abréger
to be abbreviated to sth → être abrégé(e) en qch

abbreviate

vt word, titleabkürzen (to mit); book, speechverkürzen; an abbreviated skirt (hum inf)ein kurzes Röckchen

abbreviate

[əˈbriːvɪeɪt] vtabbreviare

abbreviate

(əˈbriːvieit) verb
to shorten (a word, phrase etc). Frederick is often abbreviated to Fred.
abˌbreviˈation noun
a shortened form of a word etc. Maths is an abbreviation of mathematics.

abbreviate

v. abreviar, acortar, reducir, resumir.
References in classic literature ?
But this intensity of his physical prostration did but so much the more abbreviate it.
But it is one thing, to abbreviate by contracting, another by cutting off .
The "Seven Churches"--thus they abbreviate it--came next on the list.