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Definition of "abbreviate" []

  • To make shorter. See Synonyms at shorten. (verb-transitive)
  • To reduce (a word or phrase) to a shorter form intended to represent the full form. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "abbreviate" in a sentence
  • "She talked about money, and her points (which I again abbreviate) are:"
  • "To abbreviate or not to abbreviate, that is the important style question"
  • "Desplechin reminded his audience that excellent dialogue was often written for silent movies even though you never hear it and the intertitles abbreviate the script."