abbreviate

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abbreviate (third-person singular simple present abbreviates, present participle abbreviating, simple past and past participle abbreviated)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To shorten by omitting parts or details. [Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the late 17th century.][2]
    • (Can we date this quote?) Francis Bacon:
      It is one thing to abbreviate by contracting, another by cutting off.
  2. (obsolete, intransitive) To speak or write in a brief manner. [Attested from the late 16th century until the early 17th century.][2]
  3. (transitive) To make shorter; to shorten; to abridge; to shorten by ending sooner than planned. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470).][2]
  4. (transitive) To reduce a word or phrase by means of contraction or omission to a shorter recognizable form. [First attested in the late 16th century.][2]
  5. (transitive, mathematics) To reduce to lower terms, as a fraction.
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Etymology 2[edit]

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Adjective[edit]

abbreviate (comparative more abbreviate, superlative most abbreviate)

  1. (obsolete) Abbreviated; abridged; shortened. [Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the late 17th century][2]
    • 1892, J. J. Earle, The philology of the English tongue:
      The abbreviate form has never been able to recover that shock.
  2. (biology) Having one part relatively shorter than another or than the ordinary type. [First attested in the mid 19th century.][2]
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abbreviate (plural abbreviates)

  1. (obsolete) An abridgment. [Mid 16th century.][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Elliott K. Dobbie, C. William Dunmore, Robert K. Barnhart, et al. (editors), Chambers Dictionary of Etymology (Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd, 2004 [1998], ISBN 0550142304), page 2
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 3

Interlingua[edit]

Adjective[edit]

abbreviate (comparative plus abbreviate, superlative le plus abbreviate)

  1. Being abbreviated.

Italian[edit]

Verb[edit]

abbreviate

  1. second-person plural present of abbreviare
  2. third-person singular imperative of abbreviare

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Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

abbreviāte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of abbreviō