Abbreviate meaning

ə-brēvē-āt
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.

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To make shorter.
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To reduce (a word or phrase) to a shorter form intended to represent the full form.
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To shorten (a word or phrase) by leaving out letters or, sometimes, by substituting letters, numerals, symbols, etc.
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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 make shorter.

Abbreviated the meeting to make time for your visit.

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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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(biology) Having one part relatively shorter than another or than the ordinary type. [First attested in the mid 19th century.]
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(obsolete) An abridgment. [Mid 16th century.]
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Origin of abbreviate

  • 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

  • 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

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

    From Wiktionary

  • See abridge.

    From Wiktionary