- 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.
abbreviate definition by Webster's New World
- abbreviator noun
abbreviate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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