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One entry found for abbreviate.
Main Entry: ab·bre·vi·ate
Pronunciation: schwa-primarystressbremacron-vemacron-secondarystressamacrt
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): -at·ed; -at·ing
Etymology: Middle English abbreviaten "abbreviate," from Latin abbreviatus "made short," from abbreviare "to shorten," from earlier ad- "to" and brevis "short" --related to ABRIDGE, BRIEF
: to make briefer : SHORTEN; especially : to reduce (as a word) to a shorter form intended to stand for the whole

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