Definition of Abbreviate

1. Verb. Reduce in scope while retaining essential elements. "They won't abbreviate the story "; "The manuscript must be shortened"

Exact synonyms: Abridge, Contract, Cut, Foreshorten, Reduce, Shorten
Specialized synonyms: Bowdlerise, Bowdlerize, Castrate, Expurgate, Shorten, Concentrate, Condense, Digest
Related verbs: Cut, Edit, Edit Out
Generic synonyms: Decrease, Lessen, Minify
Derivative terms: Abbreviator, Abridgement, Abridger, Contraction, Shortener
Antonyms: Expand



2. Verb. Shorten. "Abbreviate `New York' and write `NY'"
Generic synonyms: Reduce
Derivative terms: Abbreviation, Abbreviator

Definition of Abbreviate

1. v. t. To make briefer; to shorten; to abridge; to reduce by contraction or omission, especially of words written or spoken.

2. a. Abbreviated; abridged; shortened.

3. n. An abridgment.

Definition of Abbreviate

1. Verb. (transitive) To make shorter; to shorten; to abridge; to reduce by means of contraction or omission, especially of words written or spoken; to shorten by ending sooner than planned; cut short; to reduce in size or complexity, by contraction. ¹

2. Verb. (mathematics) To reduce to lower terms, as a fraction. ¹

3. Adjective. (rare) Abbreviated; abridged; shortened. ¹

4. Adjective. (biology) Having one part relatively shorter than another or than the ordinary type. ¹

5. Noun. (obsolete Scotland legal) An abridgment. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Abbreviate

1. [v -ATED, -ATING, -ATES]

Medical Definition of Abbreviate

1. 1. To make briefer; to shorten; to abridge; to reduce by contraction or omission, especially of words written or spoken. "It is one thing to abbreviate by contracting, another by cutting off." 2. To reduce to lower terms, as a fraction. 3. Having one part relatively shorter than another or than the ordinary type. See: abridge. Origin: L. Abbreviatus, p.p. Of abbreviare; ad + breviare to shorten, fr. Brevis short. (11 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Abbreviate

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1. The Scots Digest of Scots Appeals in the House of Lords from 1707 and of the by Robert Candlish Henderson, Great Britain Parliament. House of Lords (1908)
"Sequestration—abbreviate—Warrant—Act 2 and 3 Viet. c. 41, s. 60.—The trustee having failed to record the abbreviate of the petition for sequestration and ..."

2. The Law of Bankruptcy, Insolvency, and Mercantile Sequestration, in Scotland by John Hill Burton (1845)
"Registration of abbreviate.—There are certain duties incumbent on the petitioning creditor, or " the person applying for sequestration," who will be ..."

3. Proceedings and Ordinances of the Privy Council of England by Great Britain Privy Council, Great Britain Record Commission (1837)
"England, w' ther names, that have and occupie the same at this pnt, and the sayd abbreviate to be sent hither, assone as it maye ..."

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