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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-bree-vee-eyt]
    • /əˈbri viˌeɪt/
    • /əˈbriː.vi.eɪt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-bree-vee-eyt]
    • /əˈbri viˌeɪt/

Definitions of abbreviate word

  • verb abbreviate If you abbreviate something, especially a word or a piece of writing, you make it shorter. 4
  • verb abbreviate to shorten (a word or phrase) by contraction or omission of some letters or words 4
  • verb abbreviate to shorten (a speech or piece of writing) by omitting sections, paraphrasing, etc 3
  • verb abbreviate to cut short 3
  • verb transitive abbreviate to make shorter 3
  • verb transitive abbreviate to shorten (a word or phrase) by leaving out or substituting letters 3

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Origin of abbreviate

First appearance:

before 1400
One of the 24% oldest English words
1400-50; late Middle English abbreviaten < Late Latin abbreviātus shortened (past participle of abbreviāre), equivalent to Latin ad- ad- + breviātus (brevi(s) short + -ātus -ate1)

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Parts of speech for Abbreviate


abbreviate popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 66% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

abbreviate usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for abbreviate

verb abbreviate

  • abridge — to reduce the length of (a written work) by condensing or rewriting
  • compress — When you compress something or when it compresses, it is pressed or squeezed so that it takes up less space.
  • trim — to put into a neat or orderly condition by clipping, paring, pruning, etc.: to trim a hedge.
  • pare — Ambroise [ahn-brwaz] /ɑ̃ˈbrwaz/ (Show IPA), 1510–90, French surgeon.
  • cut — If you cut something, you use a knife or a similar tool to divide it into pieces, or to mark it or damage it. If you cut a shape or a hole in something, you make the shape or hole by using a knife or similar tool.

adjective abbreviate

  • short — having little length; not long.
  • unsustained — to support, hold, or bear up from below; bear the weight of, as a structure.
  • prolong — to lengthen out in time; extend the duration of; cause to continue longer: to prolong one's stay abroad.
  • in a nutshell — the shell of a nut.

Antonyms for abbreviate

verb abbreviate

  • increase — to make greater, as in number, size, strength, or quality; augment; add to: to increase taxes.
  • lengthen — to make longer; make greater in length.
  • amplify — If you amplify a sound, you make it louder, usually by using electronic equipment.
  • strengthen — to make stronger; give strength to.

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