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noun 
  1. (obsolete) An abridgment.
verb (abbreviat, ing)
  1. (transitive) To make shorter; to shorten; to abridge; to reduce by means of contraction or omission, especially of words written or spoken.
    • It is one thing to abbreviate by contracting, another by cutting off. " Bacon
      1. (math) To reduce to lower terms, as a fraction.
Translations: 
  • Dutch: afkorten, verkorten, inkorten
  • French: abréger
  • German: kí¼rzen (1,2), abkí¼rzen (1)
  • Italian: abbreviare
  • Spanish: abreviar
adjective 
  1. (rare) Abbreviated; abridged; shortened.
    • The abbreviate form. " Earle
      1. (biology) Having one part relatively shorter than another or than the ordinary type.
Etymology: From Latin abbreviatus, past participle of abbreviare, formed from ad- + breviare "to shorten", from brevis short.


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