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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-bree-vee-eyt]
    • /əˈbri viˌeɪt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-bree-vee-eyt]
    • /əˈbri viˌeɪt/

Definitions of abbreviator word

  • verb with object abbreviator to shorten (a word or phrase) by omitting letters, substituting shorter forms, etc., so that the shortened form can represent the whole word or phrase, as ft. for foot, ab. for about, R.I. for Rhode Island, NW for Northwest, or Xn for Christian. 1
  • verb with object abbreviator to reduce (anything) in length, duration, etc.; make briefer: to abbreviate a speech. 1
  • verb without object abbreviator to use abbreviations. 1
  • noun abbreviator Agent noun of abbreviate; one who abbreviates or shortens. (Early 16th century.). 1
  • noun abbreviator (historical, Roman Catholicism) One of a college of seventy-two officers of the papal court whose duty is to make a short minute of a decision on a petition, or reply of the pope to a letter, and afterwards expand the minute into official form. 0

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Origin of abbreviator

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 Abbreviator


abbreviator 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.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

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