To abbreviate the name of New York City, you would use NYC to represent the full city name.
transitive verb-·at·ed, -·at·ing
- to make shorter
- to shorten (a word or phrase) by leaving out letters or, sometimes, by substituting letters, numerals, symbols, etc.
Origin of abbreviatefrom Late Latin abbreviatus, past participle of abbreviare from Classical Latin ad-, to + breviare from brevis, brief
transitive verbab·bre·vi·at·ed, ab·bre·vi·at·ing, ab·bre·vi·ates
- To make shorter: abbreviated the meeting to make time for your visit. See Synonyms at shorten.
- To reduce (a word or phrase) to a shorter form intended to represent the full form.
Origin of abbreviateMiddle English abbreviaten from Late Latin abbreviāre abbreviāt- ad- ad- breviāre to shorten ( from brevis short ; see mregh-u- in Indo-European roots.)
(third-person singular simple present abbreviates, present participle abbreviating, simple past and past participle abbreviated)
- To make shorter; to shorten; to abridge; to shorten by ending sooner than planned. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470).]
- To reduce a word or phrase by means of contraction or omission to a shorter recognizable form. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
- (mathematics) To reduce to lower terms, as a fraction.
(comparative more abbreviate, superlative most abbreviate)
- (biology) Having one part relatively shorter than another or than the ordinary type. [First attested in the mid 19th century.]
- (obsolete) An abridgment. [Mid 16th century.]
- From Late Latin abbreviātus, perfect passive participle of abbreviō (“abbreviate”).