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Abbreviate Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    abbreviate v
  1. shorten; "Abbreviate `New York' and write `NY'"
  2. reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The manuscript must be shortened" [syn: abridge, foreshorten, shorten, cut, contract, reduce] [ant: elaborate]
Abbreviate Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Abbreviate \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 Abridge.]
  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. --Bacon.
  2. (Math.) To reduce to lower terms, as a fraction.
Abbreviate Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Abbreviate \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.
Abbreviate Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Abbreviate \Ab*bre"vi*ate\, n. An abridgment. [Obs.] --Elyot.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Abbreviate'


An abbreviation (from Latin brevis, meaning short) is a shortened form of a word or phrase. Usually, but not always, it consists of a letter or group of letters taken from the word or phrase. For example, the word abbreviation can itself be represented by the abbreviation abbr., abbrv. or abbrev.

In strict analysis, abbreviations should not be confused with contractions or acronyms (including initialisms), with which they share some semantic and phonetic functions, though all three are connoted by the term "abbreviation" in loose parlance.:p167An abbreviation is a shortening by any method; a contraction is a reduction of size by the drawing together of the parts. A contraction of a word is made by omitting certain letters or syllables and bringing together the first and last letters or elements; an abbreviation may be made either by omitting certain portions from the interior or by cutting off a part; a contraction is an abbreviation, but an abbreviation is not necessarily a contraction. However, normally acronyms are regarded as a subgroup of abbreviations (e.g. by the Council of Science Editors).

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* I'm perplexed when people adopt the modish abbreviation Ms., which doesn't abbreviate anything except common sense. - Dick Cavett


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