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[uh-bree-vee-ey-tid] /əˈbri viˌeɪ tɪd/
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.
Origin of abbreviated
1545-55; abbreviate + -ed2
Related forms
unabbreviated, adjective


[uh-bree-vee-eyt] /əˈbri viˌeɪt/
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)
Related forms
abbreviator, noun
See shorten. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for abbreviated
  • 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.
  • The name of a vendor might be abbreviated in one record but spelled out in another, leading to double-counting.
  • It should be used as an adjective to describe the product and should never be used in abbreviated form.
  • It is this way every year, of course, thanks to the long season and oh-so-abbreviated offseason.
  • And if you've ever wondered how recipes go from idea to reality, here's an abbreviated peek.
British Dictionary definitions for abbreviated


verb (transitive)
to shorten (a word or phrase) by contraction or omission of some letters or words
to shorten (a speech or piece of writing) by omitting sections, paraphrasing, etc
to cut short
Derived Forms
abbreviator, noun
Word Origin
C15: from the past participle of Late Latin abbreviāre, from Latin brevis brief
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Word Origin and History for abbreviated



mid-15c., from Latin abbreviatus, past participle of abbreviare "to shorten" (see abbreviation). Also sometimes 15c. abbrevy, from Middle French abrevier (14c.), from Latin abbreviare. Related: Abbreviated; abbreviating.

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