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    abbreviate - Dictionary definition and meaning for word abbreviate

    (verb) reduce in scope while retaining essential elements
    Synonyms : abridge , contract , cut , foreshorten , reduce , shorten
    Example Sentence
    • The manuscript must be shortened
    (verb) shorten
    Example Sentence
    • Abbreviate `New York' and write `NY'
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for abbreviate

abbreviate consists of brevity(means brief)..so the meaning would be 'to make brief'

Abbreviate & Elaborate are pronounced similarly but meant inversely... Understood?

Abbreviation = short form of anything so abbreviate means to shorten

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abbreviate has root brev (brief) in it; brev (brief) means in short. hence meaning of abbreviate is to shorten something

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