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[v] shorten, as of words; "Abbreviate `New York' and write `NY'."
[v] reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The manuscript must be shortened"

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\Ab*bre"vi*ate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Abbreviated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Abbreviating}.] [L. abbreviatus, p. p. of abbreviare; ad + breviare to shorten, fr. brevis short. See {Abridge}.]
1. To make briefer; to shorten; to abridge; to reduce by contraction or omission, especially of words written or spoken. It is one thing to abbreviate by contracting, another by cutting off. --Bacon.
2. (Math.) To reduce to lower terms, as a fraction.
\Ab*bre"vi*ate\, a. [L. abbreviatus, p. p.]
1. Abbreviated; abridged; shortened. [R.] ``The abbreviate form.'' --Earle.
2. (Biol.) Having one part relatively shorter than another or than the ordinary type.
\Ab*bre"vi*ate\, n. An abridgment. [Obs.] --Elyot.

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