shortened; made briefer: The rain led to an abbreviated picnic.
(of clothing) scanty; barely covering the body: an abbreviated bathing suit.
constituting a shorter or smaller version of: The large car was an abbreviated limousine.

1545–55; abbreviate + -ed2

unabbreviated, adjective Unabridged


verb (used with object), abbreviated, abbreviating.
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.
to reduce (anything) in length, duration, etc.; make briefer: to abbreviate a speech.
verb (used without object), abbreviated, abbreviating.
to use abbreviations.

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)

abbreviator, noun

See shorten. Unabridged
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abbreviate (əˈbriːvɪˌeɪt)
1.  to shorten (a word or phrase) by contraction or omission of some letters or words
2.  to shorten (a speech or piece of writing) by omitting sections, paraphrasing, etc
3.  to cut short
[C15: from the past participle of Late Latin abbreviāre, from Latin brevis brief]

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Word Origin & History

mid-15c., from L. abbreviatus, pp. of abbreviare "to shorten" (see abbreviation). Also sometimes 15c. abbrevy, from M.Fr. abrevier (14c.), from L. abbreviare. Related: Abbreviated; abbreviating.
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Example sentences
More significant is the still further abbreviated form in which the sounds of
  speech are not articulated at all.
Some are an abbreviated introduction to journals databases and the mysteries of
  inter-library loan.
Most secondary-school pupils have their own mobile telephones, and they use an
  abbreviated phonetic language to communicate.
It should be used as an adjective to describe the product and should never be
  used in abbreviated form.
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