Definition of abbreviate in English:


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


[with object]
Shorten (a word, phrase, or text): the business of artists and repertory, commonly abbreviated to A&R
More example sentences
  • I've got to agree with her about people abbreviating words when sending text messages.
  • In order to save typing, many people will abbreviate common words and phrases.
  • The following are some abbreviated notes of mine from this tasting.
shorten, reduce, cut, contract, condense, compress, abridge, truncate, pare down, prune, shrink, telescope;
summarize, abstract, précis, synopsize, digest, edit
shortened, reduced, cut, condensed, abridged, concise, compact, succinct;
summary, thumbnail, capsule, synoptic
formal compendious


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

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