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Definition of abbreviate:

  1. Abbreviated; abridged; shortened.
  2. An abridgment.
  3. Having one part relatively shorter than another or than the ordinary type.
  4. To make briefer; to shorten; to abridge; to reduce by contraction or omission, especially of words written or spoken.
  5. To reduce to lower terms, as a fraction.


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