15th word in the dictionary:
verb (used with object)
1.to shorten (a word or phrase) by omitting letters, substituting shorter forms, etc., so that theshortened form can represent the whole word or phrase, as ft. for foot, ab. for about, R.I. for RhodeIsland, NW for Northwest, or Xn for Christian.
2.to reduce (anything) in length, duration, etc.; make briefer: to abbreviate a speech.
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