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abbreviate (v.)

mid-15c., "to make shorter," from Latin abbreviatus, past participle of abbreviare "to shorten, make brief," from ad "to" (see ad-) + breviare "shorten," from brevis "short, low, little, shallow" (from PIE root *mregh-u- "short").

Specifically of words by 1580s. Also sometimes 15c. abbrevy, from French abrevier (14c.), from Latin abbreviare. Related: Abbreviated; abbreviating.

Origin and meaning of abbreviate

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Definitions of abbreviate

abbreviate (v.)
reduce in scope while retaining essential elements;
abbreviate (v.)
shorten;
From wordnet.princeton.edu

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