Definition of abbreviate in English:

abbreviate

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

[with object]

Origin

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

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