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Verb: abbreviate  u'bree-vee,eyt
  1. Reduce in scope while retaining essential elements
    "The manuscript must be abbreviated";
    - abridge, foreshorten, shorten, cut, contract, reduce
  2. Shorten
    "Abbreviate 'New York' and write 'NY'"

Derived forms: abbreviated, abbreviating, abbreviates

Type of: decrease, lessen, minify, reduce

Encyclopedia: Abbreviate