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ab·bre·vi·ate

abbreviate

 
 
pronunciation:
bri vi eIt
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part of speech: verb
inflections: abbreviates, abbreviating, abbreviated
definition 1: to shorten the time or length of.
When told he would have only fifteen minutes to speak, John abbreviated his speech.
synonyms:
compress, condense, cut, reduce, shorten
antonyms:
extend, lengthen
similar words:
abridge, digest
definition 2: to shorten by using fewer letters.
People usually abbreviate the word "Mister" and write "Mr."
synonyms:
shorten
similar words:
abridge, compress, condense, cut, reduce
derivation: abbreviated (adj.)
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The word abbreviate contains the following parts:
ab-, abs- Latin prefix that means from, away from
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Most words containing the prefix ab- , abs- are Latin loanwords, so the bases are Latin roots. ab- becomes abs- before bases beginning with "t," such as "tract."
brev, brevi Latin root that means short, brief
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-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).