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Definition of abbreviate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

abbreviate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//əˈbriːvieɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈbriːvieɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they abbreviate
BrE BrE//əˈbriːvieɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈbriːvieɪt//
 
he / she / it abbreviates
BrE BrE//əˈbriːvieɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈbriːvieɪts//
 
past simple abbreviated
BrE BrE//əˈbriːvieɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈbriːvieɪtɪd//
 
past participle abbreviated
BrE BrE//əˈbriːvieɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈbriːvieɪtɪd//
 
-ing form abbreviating
BrE BrE//əˈbriːvieɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈbriːvieɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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[usually passive] abbreviate something (to something) to make a word, phrase or name shorter by leaving out letters or using only the first letter of each word synonym shorten the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (usually abbreviated to JPL) Word Origin late Middle English: from late Latin abbreviat- ‘shortened’, from the verb abbreviare, from Latin brevis ‘short’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: abbreviate