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abbreviate

verb [T usually passive] uk   /əˈbriː.vi.eɪt/ us  
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".
abbreviated
adjective uk   /əˈbriː.vi.eɪ.tɪd/ us    /-t̬ɪd/
"Di" is the abbreviated form of "Diane".
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