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Line breaks: ab¦bre¦vi|ate
Pronunciation: /əˈbriːvɪeɪt

Definition of abbreviate in English:


[with object]
Shorten (a word, phrase, or text): network’ is often abbreviated to ‘net’
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.


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

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