Definition of abbreviate in English:
- 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.
- When there are lots of documents to be signed, I choose to abbreviate my signature.
- After being told by producers that a match would run long, abbreviating the Evening News, he mysteriously found someplace better to be, thus leaving the network with more than six minutes of dead air.
- It is wrong to abbreviate the debate in the way suggested.
- Testing can also be abbreviated if early success is obvious in a serious disease with no other good treatment.
brief from (Middle English):
Briefs or underpants, which were first worn in the 1930s, are literally ‘shorts’. Brief comes from the Latin word brevis, meaning ‘short’, a root shared by abbreviate (Late Middle English) and the musical note breve (Late Middle English), which used to mean a short note.
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