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Definition of abbreviate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [usually passive] abbreviate something (to something)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they abbreviate
    he / she / it abbreviates
    past simple abbreviated
    -ing form abbreviating
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  1. 1to make a word, phrase, or name shorter by leaving out letters or using only the first letter of each word synonym shorten
  2. 2 The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is abbreviated to NASA.
abbreviated adjective
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Where appropriate, abbreviated forms are used.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: abbreviate