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.
ignore, sign on, repress, make out, melt off, cut, tailor, quash, deoxidise, thin, slim, rationalize, rationalise, cut back, expurgate, long, burn, hack, castrate, lose weight, scale down, sign, trend, veer, decoct, trim down, keep down, increase, edit out, bowdlerize, snub, subjugate, subdue, slenderize, edit, tighten, deoxidize, take, slue, switch off, sign up, swerve, bowdlerise, trim back, undertake, get, sheer, write out, issue, slew, press, constrict, thin out, turn out, skip, cut off, boil down, curve, narrow, slim down, come down, foreshorten, cut down, disregard, dilute, bring down, turn off, geld
curtail (part of speech: verb)
contract (part of speech: verb)
decrease (part of speech: verb)
decrement, lessen, drain, deflate, abate, dwindle, die down, deduct, contract, concentrate, shrink, recede, erode, truncate, compact, curtail, deplete, decrease, lower, subside, shorten, compress, abridge, diminish
diminish (part of speech: verb)
shorten (part of speech: verb)
- The second does his best to abbreviate the one, and to hasten and make definite the other, yet he does not insist on hurrying changes which, to be effective, would require the active support of numbers of persons not yet ripe for them. - "On Compromise", John Morley.
- One of the most conspicuous parts played in the war by the Boer women was that of urging their husbands and sons to abbreviate their leaves- of- absence and return to their commandos. - "With the Boer Forces", Howard C. Hillegas.
- The original runs through twenty- six verses, but I abbreviate and give the substance:- There was a youth called Siati noted for his singing. - "Samoa, A Hundred Years Ago And Long Before", George Turner.