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1 Shorten (a word, phrase, or text)‘the business of artists and repertory, commonly abbreviated to A&R’
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- ‘I wish subtitles didn't have to abbreviate the dialogue though.’
- ‘The summary that follows will be necessarily abbreviated.’
- ‘In order to save typing, many people will abbreviate common words and phrases.’
- ‘I've got to agree with her about people abbreviating words when sending text messages.’
- ‘Europeans abbreviate dates in reverse, and doing it wrong could invalidate your card.’
- ‘Due to the large numbers of those indicted, the court clerks eventually tired of writing the charge in full and began to abbreviate it.’
- ‘When there are lots of documents to be signed, I choose to abbreviate my signature.’
- ‘When I'm composing my reviews, I often abbreviate the movie title, then use Microsoft Word's replace function to fill in the title in its entirety.’
- ‘Here we greatly abbreviate our summary of the book to focus on its limitations.’
- ‘If you're registered with a username longer than five or six letters, it kindly abbreviates the name for this tab (said tab being a fixed width on screen, obviously).’
- ‘I should probably explain that that's how Krista abbreviates her full name, which is Kristine.’
- ‘Such an establishment was called a café concert or café conc’ (be careful not to abbreviate it further).’
- ‘‘You are so used to abbreviating things, you just start doing it unconsciously on schoolwork and reports and other things,’ said a student in New Jersey.’
- ‘The name is usually abbreviated to poliomyelitis, or more commonly, polio.’
- ‘Around this time she met the famous photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson and abbreviated her name to Dora Maar.’
- ‘It isn't an easy read, mostly because the skinny format abbreviates names to three letters, often beyond recognition.’
- 1.1Shorten the duration of; cut short.‘I decided to abbreviate my stay in Cambridge’
- ‘Training hours are from 6 - 9 a.m. with Turfway abbreviating the period because it is concluding work on a new paddock and winner's circle.’
- ‘The laparotomy was abbreviated because the patient was quite unstable intraoperatively.’
- ‘Testing can also be abbreviated if early success is obvious in a serious disease with no other good treatment.’
- ‘After being told by producers that a match would run long, abbreviating the Evening News, he mysteriously found someplace better to be, thus leaving the network with more than six minutes of dead air.’
- ‘Our military decision-making process was abbreviated.’
- ‘It is wrong to abbreviate the debate in the way suggested.’
- ‘With only two challenging teams, the race schedule would be abbreviated, likely removing many of the planned sailing days scheduled for July.’
- ‘A workday abbreviated by siestas is a Spanish cliche, yet it is not necessarily rooted in reality.’
- ‘Hodges had his stay abbreviated but will return in March for a couple of months.’
- ‘His third pro season, 2010-11, also saw him gravely injured, and 2012-13 was abbreviated by the lockout.’
- ‘This morning's FP3 session was abbreviated by 30 minutes due to the requirement for barrier repairs at Turn 11 following a support race incident earlier on.’
Late Middle English: from late Latin abbreviat- shortened from the verb abbreviare, from Latin brevis short.
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