IPA: ʌbrˈivieɪt


  • (obsolete, Scotland) An abridgment.


  • (obsolete, transitive) To shorten by omitting parts or details.
  • (obsolete, intransitive) To speak or write in a brief manner.
  • (transitive) To make shorter; to shorten (in time); to abridge; to shorten by ending sooner than planned.
  • (transitive) To reduce a word or phrase by means of contraction or omission to a shorter recognizable form.
  • (transitive, mathematics) To reduce to lower terms, as a fraction.


  • (obsolete) Abbreviated; abridged; shortened.
  • (biology) Having one part relatively shorter than another or than the ordinary type.

Examples of "abbreviate" in Sentences

  • The name is abbreviated.
  • We abbreviate this to 'Euro Group'.
  • The name of the monarch is abbreviated.
  • The name of the bank is abbreviated to BICA.
  • The name of the country is not abbreviated to Britain.
  • The reference to the franchise should not be abbreviated.
  • · Added "abbreviate" for the month element in the _xml_ format skins.
  • She talked about money, and her points (which I again abbreviate) are:
  • To abbreviate or not to abbreviate, that is the important style question
  • I use the first letter and the last two to abbreviate this and we can simply call you WET.
  • Along the way you will learn to play the melody and abbreviate the rest of the accompaniment.
  • The apostrophe is used when you abbreviate the decade as the '90s (the apostrophe indicates the missing numerals).
  • For a few years, SAT would abbreviate a hypothetically less offensive but indisputably more awkward name for the examination: Scholastic Assessment Test.
  • Desplechin reminded his audience that excellent dialogue was often written for silent movies even though you never hear it and the intertitles abbreviate the script.
  • As stated in the Xbox Live Terms of Use, a member may not create a gamertag or use text in other profile fields that include comments that look, sound like, stand for, hint at, abbreviate, or insinuate content of a potentially sexual nature.

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