What does abbreviate mean?

Definitions for abbreviateəˈbri viˌeɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word abbreviate.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. abridge, foreshorten, abbreviate, shorten, cut, contract, reduce(verb)

    reduce in scope while retaining essential elements

    "The manuscript must be shortened"

  2. abbreviate(verb)


    "Abbreviate `New York' and write `NY'"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abbreviate(verb)

    to make briefer; to shorten; to abridge; to reduce by contraction or omission, especially of words written or spoken

  2. Abbreviate(verb)

    to reduce to lower terms, as a fraction

  3. Abbreviate(adj)

    abbreviated; abridged; shortened

  4. Abbreviate(adj)

    having one part relatively shorter than another or than the ordinary type

  5. Abbreviate(noun)

    an abridgment

  6. Origin: [L. abbreviatus, p. p.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Abbreviate

    ab-brē′vi-āt, v.t. to make brief or short: to abridge.—ns. Abbreviā′tion, Abbrē′viature, a shortening, a part of a word put for the whole; Abbrē′viator, one who abbreviates.—adj. Abbrē′viatory. [L. abbreviāre, -ātumab, intensive, and brevis, short. See Brief.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of abbreviate in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of abbreviate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Dick Cavett:

    I'm perplexed when people adopt the modish abbreviation Ms., which doesn't abbreviate anything except common sense.

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