WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
ab•bre•vi•ate /əˈbriviˌeɪt/USA pronunciation v. [+ object],-at•ed, -at•ing.
  1. [usually: be + ~-ed + to] to shorten (a word or phrase) by omitting letters so that the shortened form stands for the whole word or phrase:United Nations is frequently abbreviated to UN.
  2. to make briefer:He abbreviated his speech.
See -brev-.

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abbreviate /əˈbriːvɪˌeɪt/ vb (transitive)
  1. to shorten (a word or phrase) by contraction or omission of some letters or words
  2. to cut short
Etymology: 15th Century: from the past participle of Late Latin abbreviāre, from Latin brevis brief

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