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abbreviate

ab·bre·vi·ate

abbreviate

 
pronunciation:
bri vi eIt
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: abbreviates, abbreviating, abbreviated
definition 1: to reduce in length or duration.
Pressing matters at home forced them to abbreviate their stay in Europe.
synonyms:
compress, condense, cut, cut down, reduce, shorten
antonyms:
elongate, extend, lengthen
similar words:
abridge, abstract, digest, summarize, synopsize, truncate
definition 2: to represent in writing by using a shorter form or a few letters.
One may abbreviate "northwest" by writing "NW."People usually abbreviate the word "Mister" by writing "Mr."
synonyms:
contract, shorten
similar words:
abridge, compress, condense, cut, cut down, reduce
derivation: abbreviated (adj.)