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English definition of “abbreviate”


verb [T usually passive]     /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 ".Punctuation abbreviated     /əˈbriː.vi.eɪ.tɪd/ US  /-t̬ɪd/ adjective "Di" is the abbreviated form of "Diane".Punctuation
(Definition of abbreviate verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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