Definitions for abbreviatory-vi əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ab•bre•vi•ate*əˈbri viˌeɪt(v.)-at•ed, -at•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to shorten (a word or phrase) by omitting letters, substituting shorter forms, etc., so that the shortened form can represent the whole word or phrase.

  2. to reduce in length, duration, etc.; make briefer:

    to abbreviate a speech.

  3. (v.i.)to use abbreviations.

* Syn: See shorten.

Origin of abbreviate:

1400–50; late ME < ML abbreviātus, ptp. of abbreviāre to shorten = L ad-ad - +-breviāre, v. der. of brevis short

ab•bre′vi•a•to`ry-vi əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i(adj.)


  1. abbreviatory(Adjective)

    Serving or tending to abbreviate; shortening; abridging.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abbreviatory(adj)

    serving or tending to abbreviate; shortening; abridging


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