from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make shorter. See Synonyms at shorten.
- transitive v. To reduce (a word or phrase) to a shorter form intended to represent the full form.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To reduce to lower terms, as a fraction.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To make briefer; to shorten; to abridge; to reduce by contraction or omission, especially of words written or spoken.
- transitive v. To reduce to lower terms, as a fraction.
- adj. Abbreviated; abridged; shortened.
- adj. Having one part relatively shorter than another or than the ordinary type.
- n. An abridgment.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make briefer; abridge; make shorter by contraction or omission of a part: as, to abbreviate a writing or a word.
- In mathematics, to reduce to the lowest terms, as fractions.
- To practise or use abbreviation.
- n. An abridgment; an abstract.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. shorten
- v. reduce in scope while retaining essential elements
Middle English abbreviaten, from Late Latin abbreviāre, abbreviāt- : ad-, ad- + breviāre, to shorten (from brevis, short).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)