Definition of abbreviate in English:

abbreviate

Syllabification: ab·bre·vi·ate
Pronunciation: /əˈbrēvēˌāt
 
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verb

[with object]

Origin

late Middle English: from late Latin abbreviat- 'shortened', from the verb abbreviare, from Latin brevis 'short'.

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