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abbreviate

ab·bre·vi·ate

abbreviate

 
 
pronunciation:
bri vi eIt
part of speech: verb
inflections: abbreviates, abbreviating, abbreviated
definition 1: to shorten the time or length of.
When told he would have only fifteen minutes to speak, John abbreviated his speech.
synonyms:
compress, condense, cut, reduce, shorten
antonyms:
extend, lengthen
similar words:
abridge, digest
definition 2: to shorten by using fewer letters.
People usually abbreviate the word "Mister" and write "Mr."
synonyms:
shorten
similar words:
abridge, compress, condense, cut, reduce
derivation: abbreviated (adj.)