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Abbreviate   Listen
Abbreviate  v. t.  (past & past part. abbreviated; pres. part. abbreviating)  
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."
(Math.) To reduce to lower terms, as a fraction.

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"Abbreviate" Quotes from Famous Books

... literary work, its desultoriness, the time it costs his readers, that [134] slow Latinity which Johnson imitated from him, those lengthy leisurely terminations which busy posterity will abbreviate, all breathe of the long quiet of the place. Yet he is by no means indolent. Besides wide book-learning, experimental research at home, and indefatigable observation in the open air, he prosecutes the ordinary ...
— Appreciations, with an Essay on Style • Walter Horatio Pater

... discovered that I was no worse for all the quartos that have transmigrated into ideas within me,—ideas that are mysteries even to myself. If Sisty, as you call the child (plague on that unlucky anachronism! which you do well to abbreviate into a dissyllable),—if Sisty can't discover all the wisdom of Egypt in Puss in Boots, what then? Puss in Boots is harmless, and it pleases his fancy. All that wakes curiosity is wisdom, if innocent; all that pleases the fancy ...
— The Caxtons, Complete • Edward Bulwer-Lytton

... deputies, who, knowing nothing whatever of war, yet took upon themselves continually to thwart the plans of the greatest general of the age. Van Duyk listened with great attention, and promised that when he went shortly to Haarlem he would use all his influence to abbreviate the powers which the ...
— The Cornet of Horse - A Tale of Marlborough's Wars • G. A. Henty

Words linked to "Abbreviate" :   minify, edit, concentrate, castrate, contract, lessen, shorten, abridge, decrease, abbreviator, bowdlerise, expurgate, foreshorten, cut, bowdlerize

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