abbreviator

abbreviate

[uh-bree-vee-eyt]
verb (used with object), abbreviated, abbreviating.
1.
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.
2.
to reduce (anything) in length, duration, etc.; make briefer: to abbreviate a speech.
verb (used without object), abbreviated, abbreviating.
3.
to use abbreviations.

Origin:
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.
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abbreviate (əˈbriːvɪˌeɪt)
 
vb
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]
 
ab'breviator
 
n

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abbreviate
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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