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VERB (2)

1. reduce in scope while retaining essential elements;
- Example: "The manuscript must be shortened"
[syn: abridge, foreshorten, abbreviate, shorten, cut, contract, reduce]

2. shorten;
- Example: "Abbreviate `New York' and write `NY'"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Abbreviate \Ab*bre"vi*ate\ ([a^]b*br[=e]"v[i^]*[=a]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Abbreviated; p. pr. & vb. n. Abbreviating.] [L. abbreviatus, p. p. of abbreviare; ad + breviare to shorten, fr. brevis short. See Abridge.] 1. To make briefer; to shorten; to abridge; to reduce by contraction or omission, especially of words written or spoken. [1913 Webster] It is one thing to abbreviate by contracting, another by cutting off. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. (Math.) To reduce to lower terms, as a fraction. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Abbreviate \Ab*bre"vi*ate\ ([a^]b*br[=e]"v[i^]*[asl]t), a. [L. abbreviatus, p. p.] 1. Abbreviated; abridged; shortened. [R.] "The abbreviate form." --Earle. [1913 Webster] 2. (Biol.) Having one part relatively shorter than another or than the ordinary type. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Abbreviate \Ab*bre"vi*ate\, n. An abridgment. [Obs.] --Elyot. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

abbreviate v 1: reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The manuscript must be shortened" [syn: abridge, foreshorten, abbreviate, shorten, cut, contract, reduce] [ant: dilate, elaborate, enlarge, expand, expatiate, exposit, expound, flesh out, lucubrate] 2: shorten; "Abbreviate `New York' and write `NY'"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

88 Moby Thesaurus words for "abbreviate": abridge, abstract, attenuate, be telegraphic, blot out, blue-pencil, bob, boil down, bowdlerize, cancel, capsulize, censor, circumscribe, clip, coarct, compact, compress, concentrate, condense, consolidate, constrict, constringe, contract, cramp, crop, cross out, curtail, cut, cut back, cut down, cut off short, cut short, decrease, delete, dock, draw, draw in, draw together, edit, edit out, elide, epitomize, erase, expunge, expurgate, extenuate, foreshorten, kill, knit, mow, narrow, nip, omit, poll, pollard, prune, pucker, pucker up, purse, reap, recap, recapitulate, reduce, rescind, retrench, rub out, shave, shear, shorten, slash, snub, solidify, strangle, strangulate, strike, strike off, strike out, stunt, sum up, summarize, synopsize, take in, telescope, trim, truncate, void, waste no words, wrinkle