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abbreviateverb [T usually passive]

uk   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   /-t̬ɪd/
"Di" is the abbreviated form of "Diane".
Translations of “abbreviate”
in Arabic يَخْتَصِر…
in Korean 줄여 쓰다…
in Malaysian meringkaskan…
in French abréger…
in Turkish bir ifadeyi, sözcüğü kısaltmak…
in Italian abbreviare…
in Chinese (Traditional) 縮略,縮寫…
in Russian сокращать, урезать(текст, слово)…
in Polish skracać…
in Vietnamese viết tắt…
in Spanish abreviar…
in Portuguese abreviar…
in Thai ทำให้สั้นลง…
in German abkürzen…
in Catalan abreujar…
in Japanese ~を短縮する, 省略する…
in Indonesian menyingkat…
in Chinese (Simplified) 缩略,缩写…
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