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Meaning & Definition of Abbreviate in English

English

Abbreviate

/əbriviet/

verb

1. Reduce in scope while retaining essential elements

  • "The manuscript must be shortened"
    synonym:
  • abridge
  • ,
  • foreshorten
  • ,
  • abbreviate
  • ,
  • shorten
  • ,
  • cut
  • ,
  • contract
  • ,
  • reduce

2. Shorten

  • "Abbreviate `new york' and write `ny'"
    synonym:
  • abbreviate