Babylon NG
The world's best online dictionary

Download it's free

Definition of Abbreviate

Babylon English

shorten, reduce in length, make brief
Abbreviate Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
English-Latin Online Dictionary
curto
Abbreviate Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(v. t.)
To reduce to lower terms, as a fraction.
  
(v. t.)
To make briefer; to shorten; to abridge; to reduce by contraction or omission, especially of words written or spoken.
  
(n.)
An abridgment.
  
(a.)
Having one part relatively shorter than another or than the ordinary type.
  
(a.)
Abbreviated; abridged; shortened.
  
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
hEnglish - advanced version

abbreviate
\ab*bre"vi*ate\ (&?;), 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. it is one thing to abbreviate by contracting, another by cutting off.
2. (math.) to reduce to lower terms, as a fraction.
abbreviate
\ab*bre"vi*ate\ (&?;), a. [l. abbreviatus, p. p.] 1. abbreviated; abridged; shortened. [r.] "the abbreviate form."
2. (biol.) having one part relatively shorter than another or than the ordinary type.
abbreviate
\ab*bre"vi*ate\, n. an abridgment. [obs.] --elyot.
abbreviate
v
1. shorten, as of words; "abbreviate `new york' and write `ny'."
2. reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "the manuscript must be shortened" [syn: abridge, foreshorten, shorten, cut, contract, reduce]



Concise English-Irish Dictionary v. 1.1
giorruigh, bain de
JM Welsh <=> English Dictionary
Cytio = v. to abbreviate
GLOSSARY OF ESOTERIC WORDS
1. Reduce in scope while retaining essential elements
2.Shorten, as of words
eg.The canines were relatively short, the face was abbreviated, and the pelvis was broad.
USAGE NOTE:'ABBREVIATE' suggests a making shorter usu. by omitting some part

WordNet 2.0

Verb
1. shorten; "Abbreviate `New York' and write `NY'"
(hypernym) reduce
(derivation) abbreviation
2. reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The manuscript must be shortened"
(synonym) abridge, foreshorten, shorten, cut, contract, reduce
(hypernym) decrease, lessen, minify
(hyponym) bowdlerize, bowdlerise, expurgate, castrate, shorten
(verb-group) edit, cut, edit out
(derivation) abridger, abbreviator
Abbreviate Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
For the <abbr> HTML tag, see HTML element <abbr>.

See more at Wikipedia.org...
© This article uses material from Wikipedia® and is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License and under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License
Abbreviate Definition from Entertainment & Music Dictionaries & Glossaries
English to Federation-Standard Golic Vulcan
zhipenau