- 1to make a word, phrase, or name shorter by leaving out letters or using only the first letter of each word synonym shorten
- 2 The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is abbreviated to NASA.
NAmE//əˈbriviˌeɪt//[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
Where appropriate, abbreviated forms are used.
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