Abbreviate



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, ab. for about, R.I. for Rhode Island, NW for Northwest, or Xn for Christian.
to reduce (anything) in length, duration, etc.; make briefer:
to abbreviate a speech.
to use .
Contemporary Examples

And it’s easier to delay something than to make something happen, so things tended to elongate rather than abbreviate.
Donald Rumsfeld on What Went Right John Barry February 7, 2011

Historical Examples

But he has described the affair so well himself that it would be useless to try to abbreviate it.
The True Benjamin Franklin Sydney George Fisher

“Well, abbreviate ‘community,’ that’s the longest word,” suggested Dick.
Marjorie’s Busy Days Carolyn Wells

Here he omits a whole sentence, and begins to abbreviate the story and alter it to suit himself.
Chaucer’s Works, Volume 5 (of 7) — Notes to the Canterbury Tales Geoffrey Chaucer

It is common, however, to abbreviate them in a manner peculiarly Malay.
A Manual of the Malay language William Edward Maxwell

abbreviate, and abridge; abbreviation is the shortening of a piece of writing no matter how accomplished.
Word Study and English Grammar Frederick W. Hamilton

Page 289: “Ben: Perley Poore” did abbreviate his first name with a colon.
Abraham Lincoln William Eleroy Curtis

Nothing can be added to it, and it would be impossible to abbreviate it.
The True Benjamin Franklin Sydney George Fisher

She thought his name long, but had not yet decided how to abbreviate it.
To Leeward F. Marion Crawford

It is to the interest of all who do not take a sex-party view of citizenship to abbreviate this struggle.
Race Improvement : or, Eugenics : a Little Book on a Great Subject La Reine Helen Baker

verb (transitive)
to shorten (a word or phrase) by contraction or omission of some letters or words
to shorten (a speech or piece of writing) by omitting sections, paraphrasing, etc
to cut short
v.

mid-15c., from Latin abbreviatus, past participle of abbreviare “to shorten” (see abbreviation). Also sometimes 15c. abbrevy, from Middle French abrevier (14c.), from Latin abbreviare. Related: Abbreviated; abbreviating.

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