Associations to the word «Abbreviate»

Wiktionary

ABBREVIATE, verb. (obsolete) (transitive) To shorten by omitting parts or details. [Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the late 17th century.]
ABBREVIATE, verb. (obsolete) (intransitive) To speak or write in a brief manner. [Attested from the late 16th century until the early 17th century.]
ABBREVIATE, verb. (transitive) To make shorter; to shorten; to abridge; to shorten by ending sooner than planned. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470).]
ABBREVIATE, verb. (transitive) To reduce a word or phrase by means of contraction or omission to a shorter recognizable form. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
ABBREVIATE, verb. (transitive) (mathematics) To reduce to lower terms, as a fraction.
ABBREVIATE, adjective. (obsolete) Abbreviated; abridged; shortened. [Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the late 17th century]
ABBREVIATE, adjective. (biology) Having one part relatively shorter than another or than the ordinary type. [First attested in the mid 19th century.]
ABBREVIATE, noun. (obsolete) An abridgment. [Mid 16th century.]

Dictionary definition

ABBREVIATE, verb. Reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The manuscript must be shortened".
ABBREVIATE, verb. Shorten; "Abbreviate `New York' and write `NY'".

Wise words

Men govern nothing with more difficulty than their tongues, and can moderate their desires more than their words.
Baruch Spinoza