Abbreviate Definition

ə-brēvē-āt
abbreviated, abbreviates, abbreviating
verb
abbreviated, abbreviates, abbreviating
To make shorter.
Webster's New World
To shorten (a word or phrase) by leaving out letters or, sometimes, by substituting letters, numerals, symbols, etc.
Webster's New World

To make shorter; to shorten; to abridge; to shorten by ending sooner than planned. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470).]

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To reduce a word or phrase by means of contraction or omission to a shorter recognizable form. [First attested in the late 16th century.]

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(mathematics) To reduce to lower terms, as a fraction.

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adjective

(biology) Having one part relatively shorter than another or than the ordinary type. [First attested in the mid 19th century.]

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Origin of Abbreviate

  • Either from Middle English abbreviaten, from Latin abbreviātus, perfect passive participle of abbreviō (“to shorten”), formed from ad + breviō (“shorten”), from brevis (“short”) or Back-formation from abbreviation..

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English abbreviaten from Late Latin abbreviāre abbreviāt- ad- ad- breviāre to shorten (from brevis short mregh-u- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Late Latin abbreviātus, perfect passive participle of abbreviō (“abbreviate”).

    From Wiktionary

  • See abridge.

    From Wiktionary

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