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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb abbreviate:


Definition of the adjective abbreviate

What does abbreviate mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. [rare] Abbreviated; abridged; shortened.
  2. [biology] Having one part relatively shorter than another or than the ordinary type.

Definition of the noun abbreviate

What does abbreviate mean as a name of something?


  1. [obsolete] An abridgment.

Definition of the verb abbreviate

What does abbreviate mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: abbreviated | abbreviating | abbreviates

  1. reduce in scope while retaining essential elements
  2. shorten
    • example: Abbreviate `New York' and write `NY'
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic word: reduce = make less complex

Alternative definition of the verb abbreviate


  1. [transitive] To make shorter; to shorten; to abridge; to reduce by means of contraction or omission, especially of words written or spoken.
  2. [mathematics] To reduce to lower terms, as a fraction.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for abbreviate

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Google previewMaster the SAT Writing (2012)

Part IV of V by Peterson's

its 141/ Confusing Words: Group 2 abbreviate means to shorten by omitting. 15. there 8. almost.

Google previewFranciscan Institute Publications (1958)

Philosophy series

An Abbreviate is the text of an Ordinatio or Reportatio shortened by somebody who wanted only the essential parts of the original texts. After these explanations we can proceed to our main problem. A remark of Michalski, probably taken too ...

Google preview1,001 ASVAB Practice Questions For Dummies (+ Free Online Practice) (2013)

by Rod Powers

condense Abbreviate is a verb meaning to shorten or condense by omitting letters or words. 3. A. clearness Clarity is a noun meaning clearness in speech, appearance, or thought. 4. B. complete Culminate is a verb meaning to come to the ...

Google previewMastering Business Analysis with Crystal Reports 9 (2003)

by Chris Tull

MonthName (month, abbreviate) abbreviate is an optional Boolean value that indicates if the month name is to be abbreviated. If omitted, the default is False. Function Description Arguments WeekdayName (weekday) Returns the day of the.

Google previewThe Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia (1904)

A Work of Universal Reference in All Departments of Knowledge, with a New Atlas of the World by William Dwight Whitney

abbreviate (p-bré'vi-it), v. ; rat. and pp. abbreviated, ppr. abbreviaflng. LL. abbreviatua, pp. of abbret'iare, shorten, ad-, to, + brcris, short. The same L. verb, through the F., has become E. abridge : see abridge and brief] 1, trans. 1.

Google previewEncyclopaedia perthensis, or, Universal dictionary of the arts, sciences, literature, etc. : intended to supersede the use of other books of reference (1816)

ABBREVIATE of Adjudications, in Scots law, an abstract or abridgment of a decreetof adjudication, which is ...

Google previewA Handbook of Sheriff Court Styles, Designations of Parties and Pleas in Law Arranged in Dictionary Form (1883)

With Notes, Authorities, Chapters on Pleading and Appendix of Motions, Minutes, Agents' Accounts and Other Incidental Matters

Procuring deliverance awarding sequestration_ Drawing abbreviate of sequestration and getting same entered in Register of Inhibitions . Paid dues . . . . t Paid SheriiT-Clerk's dues (say) Framing ' Gazette ' notice 1 sheet Two copies thereof ...

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What this means is that we shouldn't abbreviate the truth but rather get a new method of presentation. (Edward Tufte)
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Scrabble value of A1B3B3R1E1V4I1A1T1E1

The value of this 10-letter word is 17 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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