Definition of abbreviate:

part of speech: verb

To make brief or short: to abridge.

part of speech: verb

To shorten, as by contraction of a word, as Dec. for December.

Usage examples for abbreviate:

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To treat roughly or severely; to ill- use; to encroach or trespass upon; as, to violate an other's rights or property; to profane or treat irreverently; as, to violate a tomb or grave; to transgress, as the law; to disregard, as a treaty; to break, as a promise; to outrage or dishonor. ...