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meanings of abbreviate


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


  1. Having one part relatively shorter than another or than the ordinary type.
  2. Abbreviated; abridged; shortened.


  1. An abridgment.

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