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English

Etymology

From Latin abbreviatus, past participle of abbreviare, formed from ad- + breviare "to shorten", from brevis short.

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to abbreviate

Third person singular
abbreviat

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to abbreviate (third-person singular simple present abbreviat, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To make shorter; to shorten; to abridge; to reduce by means of contraction or omission, especially of words written or spoken.
    • It is one thing to abbreviate by contracting, another by cutting off. — Bacon
  2. (mathematics) To reduce to lower terms, as a fraction.

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Translations

Adjective

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Positive
abbreviate

Comparative
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Superlative
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  1. (rare) Abbreviated; abridged; shortened.
    • The abbreviate form. — Earle
  2. (biology) Having one part relatively shorter than another or than the ordinary type.

Translations

Noun

Singular
abbreviate

Plural
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abbreviate ({{{1}}})
  1. (obsolete) An abridgment.

Shorthand

(Version: Anniversary,Pre-Anniversary): a - b - r - e - v

Interlingua

Adjective

abbreviate

  1. Being abbreviated.

Italian

Verb

abbreviate

  1. second person plural present tense of abbreviare
  2. second person plural imperative of abbreviare

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