abbreviate

  • 1 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Abbreviate — Ab*bre vi*ate, a. [L. abbreviatus, p. p.] 1. Abbreviated; abridged; shortened. [R.] The abbreviate form. Earle. [1913 Webster] 2. (Biol.) Having one part relatively shorter than another or than the ordinary type. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 abbreviate — [v1] shorten abridge, abstract, boil down*, clip, compress, condense, contract, cut, cut back, cut down, cut off, cut out, digest, encapsulate, get to the meat*, pare, prune, put in a nutshell*, reduce, summarize, take out, trim; concepts 236,247 …

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  • 4 Abbreviate — Ab*bre vi*ate, n. An abridgment. [Obs.] Elyot. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 abbreviate — index abridge (shorten), abstract (summarize), commute, condense, constrict (compress), curtail …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 abbreviate — (v.) mid 15c., from L. abbreviatus, pp. of abbreviare to shorten (see ABBREVIATION (Cf. abbreviation)). Also sometimes 15c. abbrevy, from M.Fr. abrevier (14c.), from L. abbreviare. Related: Abbreviated; abbreviating …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 abbreviate — *shorten, abridge, curtail Analogous words: reduce, *decrease, lessen: *contract, compress, shrink, condense: attenuate, extenuate (see THIN) Antonyms: elongate, lengthen Contrasted words: *extend, prolong, protract: enlarge, * …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 abbreviate — ► VERB ▪ shorten (a word, phrase, or text). ORIGIN Latin abbreviare, from brevis short …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 abbreviate — [ə brē′vē āt΄] vt. abbreviated, abbreviating [< LL abbreviatus, pp. of abbreviare < L ad , to + breviare < brevis, BRIEF] 1. to make shorter 2. to shorten (a word or phrase) by leaving out or substituting letters SYN. SHORTEN abbreviator …

    English World dictionary

  • 10 abbreviate — v. (D; tr.) to abbreviate to (Esquire can be abbreviated to Esq.) * * * [ə briːvɪeɪt] (D; tr.) to abbreviate to (Esquire can be abbreviated to Esq.) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 11 abbreviate — [[t]əbri͟ːvieɪt[/t]] abbreviates, abbreviating, abbreviated VERB If you abbreviate something, especially a word or a piece of writing, you make it shorter. [V n to n] He persuaded his son to abbreviate his first name to Alec. [Also V n] Syn:… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 abbreviate — abbreviator, n. /euh bree vee ayt /, v., abbreviated, abbreviating. v.t. 1. to shorten (a word or phrase) by omitting letters, substituting shorter forms, etc., so that the shortened form can represent the whole word or phrase, as ft. for foot,… …

    Universalium

  • 13 abbreviate — verb please abbreviate your essays to a length of no more than two pages Syn: shorten, reduce, cut, contract, condense, compress, abridge, truncate, pare down, prune, shrink, telescope; summarize, abstract, précis, synopsize, digest, edit …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 14 abbreviate — ab•bre•vi•ate [[t]əˈbri viˌeɪt[/t]] v. at•ed, at•ing 1) to shorten (a word or phrase) by omitting letters, substituting shorter forms, etc., so that the shortened form can represent the whole word or phrase 2) to reduce in length, duration, etc.; …

    From formal English to slang

  • 15 abbreviate — /əˈbrivieɪt / (say uh breeveeayt) verb (t) (abbreviated, abbreviating) to make brief; make shorter by contraction or omission: to abbreviate millilitre to ml . {Latin abbreviātus, past participle} –abbreviator, noun …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 16 abbreviate — transitive verb ( ated; ating) Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin abbreviatus, past participle of abbreviare more at abridge Date: 15th century to make briefer; especially to reduce to a shorter form intended to stand for the whole… …

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  • 17 abbreviate — 1. verb /əˈbriːvieɪt/ a) To make shorter; to shorten; to abridge; to reduce by means of contraction or omission, especially of words written or spoken. b) To …

    Wiktionary

  • 18 abbreviate — Synonyms and related words: abridge, abstract, attenuate, be telegraphic, blot out, blue pencil, bob, boil down, bowdlerize, cancel, capsulize, censor, circumscribe, clip, coarct, compact, compress, concentrate, condense, consolidate, constrict,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 abbreviate — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. abridge, condense, contract, shorten, curtail, digest, truncate, prune. See shortness, deduction. Ant., expand, lengthen. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. shorten, cut, condense, abridge; see decrease 2 ,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 abbreviate — ab|bre|vi|ate [əˈbri:vieıt] v [T] [Date: 1400 1500; : Late Latin; Origin: , past participle of abbreviare, from Latin brevis short ] to make a word or expression shorter by not including letters or using only the first letter of each word =… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English