Definition of abbreviate in English:

abbreviate

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

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

Origin

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

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