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abbreviateverb [T usually passive]

uk   /əˈbriː.vi.eɪt/ us   /əˈbriː.vi.eɪt/
to make a word or phrase shorter by using only the first letters of each word: "Daniel" is often abbreviated to "Dan". "Chief Executive Officer" is abbreviated as "CEO".

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abbreviated
adjective uk   /əˈbriː.vi.eɪ.tɪd/ us   /əˈbriː.vi.eɪ.t̬ɪd/
"Di" is the abbreviated form of "Diane".
(Definition of abbreviate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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abbreviateverb [T]

us   /əˈbri·viˌeɪt/
to shorten a word or words, or to make something shorter: We had to abbreviate the names of the states.
abbreviated
adjective [not gradable] us   /əˈbri·viˌeɪ·t̬ɪd/
An abbreviated version was published last year.
(Definition of abbreviate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “abbreviate”
in Korean 줄여 쓰다…
in Arabic يَخْتَصِر…
in Malaysian meringkaskan…
in French abréger…
in Russian сокращать, урезать(текст, слово)…
in Chinese (Traditional) 縮略,縮寫…
in Italian abbreviare…
in Turkish bir ifadeyi, sözcüğü kısaltmak…
in Polish skracać…
in Spanish abreviar…
in Vietnamese viết tắt…
in Portuguese abreviar…
in Thai ทำให้สั้นลง…
in German abkürzen…
in Catalan abreujar…
in Japanese ~を短縮する, 省略する…
in Chinese (Simplified) 缩略,缩写…
in Indonesian menyingkat…
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