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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.abbreviator - one who shortens or abridges or condenses a written workabbreviator - one who shortens or abridges or condenses a written work
redact, redactor, reviser, rewrite man, rewriter - someone who puts text into appropriate form for publication
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