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Pronunciation:  u'breevee`eyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  shorten, as of words; "Abbreviate `New York' and write `NY'."
  2. [v]  reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The manuscript must be shortened"

ABBREVIATE is a 10 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: abridge, contract, cut, foreshorten, shorten
 See Also: bowdlerise, bowdlerize, castrate, concentrate, condense, decrease, expurgate, lessen, minify, reduce



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ab*bre"vi*ate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Abbreviated};
    p. pr. & vb. n. {Abbreviating}.] [L. abbreviatus, p. p. of
    abbreviare; ad + breviare to shorten, fr. brevis short. See
    1. To make briefer; to shorten; to abridge; to reduce by
       contraction or omission, especially of words written or
             It is one thing to abbreviate by contracting,
             another by cutting off.               --Bacon.
    2. (Math.) To reduce to lower terms, as a fraction.
  2. \Ab*bre"vi*ate\, a. [L. abbreviatus, p. p.]
    1. Abbreviated; abridged; shortened. [R.] ``The abbreviate
       form.'' --Earle.
    2. (Biol.) Having one part relatively shorter than another or
       than the ordinary type.
  3. \Ab*bre"vi*ate\, n.
    An abridgment. [Obs.] --Elyot.
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