What does abbreviate mean?

abbreviate meaning in General Dictionary

In order to make briefer to reduce to abridge to reduce by contraction or omission particularly of words written or talked

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  • Abbreviated abridged reduced
  • An abridgment
  • decrease in range while maintaining essential elements
  • shorten
  • to produce briefer; to shorten; to abridge; to lessen by contraction or omission, specially of terms written or talked.
  • to cut back to reduce terms, as a fraction.
  • Abbreviated; abridged; shortened.
  • Having one component fairly faster than another or thanu000du000a the normal type.
  • An abridgment.

abbreviate meaning in Etymology Dictionary

mid-15c., from Latin abbreviatus, past participle of abbreviare "to shorten" (see abbreviation). Also often 15c. abbrevy, from center French abrevier (14c.), from Latin abbreviare. Related: Abbreviated; abbreviating.

abbreviate meaning in General Dictionary

(v. t.) Which will make briefer; to reduce; to abridge; to cut back by contraction or omission, especially of words written or spoken.

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  • (v. t.) To lessen to lessen terms, as a fraction.
  • (a.) Abbreviated; abridged; reduced.
  • (a.) Having one component reasonably faster than another or than the ordinary type.
  • (n.) An abridgment.

Sentence Examples with the word abbreviate

The fundamentally enumerative character of the process is clearly not cancelled by the recognition that it is possible to abbreviate it by means of technique.

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