• (RP) IPA: /ə.ˈbɹiː.vi.eɪt/
  • (America) IPA: /əˈbɹɪt/

abbreviate (abbreviates, present participle abbreviating; past and past participle abbreviated)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To shorten by omitting parts or details. [Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the late 17th century.]
  2. (obsolete, intransitive) To speak or write in a brief manner. [Attested from the late 16th century until the early 17th century.]
  3. (transitive) To make shorter; to shorten (in time); to abridge; to shorten by ending sooner than planned. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470).]
  4. (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.]
  5. (transitive, mathematics) To reduce to lower terms, as a fraction.
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  • (America) IPA: /əˈbɹət/, /əˈbɹɪt/


  1. (obsolete) Abbreviated; abridged; shortened. [Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the late 17th century]
  2. (biology) Having one part relatively shorter than another or than the ordinary type. [First attested in the mid 19th century.]
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  • (America) IPA: /əˈbɹɪt/

abbreviate (plural abbreviates)

  1. (obsolete) An abridgment. [Mid 16th century.]

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