abbreviate /əˈbriːvɪeɪt/


I. verb [with obj.]

1. shorten (a word, phrase, or text)

‘network’ is often abbreviated to ‘net’.
2. shorten the duration of; cut short

I decided to abbreviate my stay in Cambridge.
– origin late Middle English: from late Latin abbreviat- ‘shortened’, from the verb abbreviare, from Latin brevis ‘short’.

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