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 .
Historical Examples

Some of the chapters, of which the Greek is lost, have been preserved to us by his abbreviator Moschion.
Surgical Instruments in Greek and Roman Times John Stewart Milne

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

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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