Definition of abbreviate in US English:

abbreviate

verb

[with object]
  • 1Shorten (a word, phrase, or text)

    ‘the business of artists and repertory, commonly abbreviated to A&R’
    • ‘Europeans abbreviate dates in reverse, and doing it wrong could invalidate your card.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Around this time she met the famous photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson and abbreviated her name to Dora Maar.’
    • ‘The summary that follows will be necessarily abbreviated.’
    • ‘I've got to agree with her about people abbreviating words when sending text messages.’
    • ‘Due to the large numbers of those indicted, the court clerks eventually tired of writing the charge in full and began to abbreviate it.’
    • ‘I wish subtitles didn't have to abbreviate the dialogue though.’
    • ‘When there are lots of documents to be signed, I choose to abbreviate my signature.’
    • ‘It isn't an easy read, mostly because the skinny format abbreviates names to three letters, often beyond recognition.’
    • ‘In order to save typing, many people will abbreviate common words and phrases.’
    • ‘Such an establishment was called a café concert or café conc’ (be careful not to abbreviate it further).’
    • ‘Here we greatly abbreviate our summary of the book to focus on its limitations.’
    • ‘The name is usually abbreviated to poliomyelitis, or more commonly, polio.’
    • ‘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.’
    shorten, reduce, cut, cut down, cut short, contract, condense, compress, abridge, truncate, clip, crop, pare down, prune, shrink, constrict, telescope, curtail
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    1. 1.1 Shorten the duration of; cut short.
      ‘I decided to abbreviate my stay in Cambridge’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Testing can also be abbreviated if early success is obvious in a serious disease with no other good treatment.’
      • ‘Our military decision-making process was abbreviated.’
      • ‘The laparotomy was abbreviated because the patient was quite unstable intraoperatively.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A workday abbreviated by siestas is a Spanish cliche, yet it is not necessarily rooted in reality.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from late Latin abbreviat- ‘shortened’, from the verb abbreviare, from Latin brevis ‘short’.

Pronunciation

abbreviate

/əˈbrēvēˌāt//əˈbriviˌeɪt/