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Abbreviate

4 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Abbreviate \Ab*bre"vi*ate\ ([a^]b*br[=e]"v[i^]*[=a]t), verb (used with an object) [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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Abbreviate \Ab*bre"vi*ate\ ([a^]b*br[=e]"v[i^]*[asl]t), adjective [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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Abbreviate \Ab*bre"vi*ate\, noun An abridgment. [Obs.] --Elyot.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

abbreviate

verb

1: reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The manuscript must be shortened" [syn: {abridge}, {foreshorten}, {abbreviate}, {shorten}, {cut}, {contract}, {reduce}] [ant: {dilate}, {elaborate}, {enlarge}, {expand}, {expatiate}, {exposit}, {expound}, {flesh out}, {lucubrate}]

2: shorten; "Abbreviate 'New York' and write 'NY'"


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