- Shorten (a word, phrase, or text): the business of artists and repertory, commonly abbreviated to A&RMore example sentences
shorten, reduce, cut, contract, condense, compress, abridge, truncate, pare down, prune, shrink, telescope; summarize, abstract, précis, synopsize, digest, editcondensed, abridged, concise, compact, succinct; summary, thumbnail, capsule, synoptic• formal compendious
- 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.
late Middle English: from late Latin abbreviat- 'shortened', from the verb abbreviare, from Latin brevis 'short'.