- The definition of abbreviate is to use a shortened form of something, such as a word or phrase, to represent the full form.
To abbreviate the name of New York City, you would use NYC to represent the full city name.
- abbreviator noun
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transitive verb ab·bre·vi·at·ed, ab·bre·vi·at·ing, ab·bre·vi·ates
- To make shorter. See Synonyms at shorten.
- To reduce (a word or phrase) to a shorter form intended to represent the full form.
Origin: Middle English abbreviaten, from Late Latin abbreviāre, abbreviāt- : ad-, ad- + breviāre, to shorten (from brevis, short; see mregh-u- in Indo-European roots).
- ab·breˈvi·aˌtor noun