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 for abbreviate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Abbreviate \Ab*bre"vi*ate\ ([a^]b*br[=e]"v[i^]*[=a]t), v. t.
     [imp. & p. p. Abbreviated; p. pr. & vb. n. Abbreviating.]
     [L. abbreviatus, p. p. of abbreviare; ad + breviare to
     shorten, fr. brevis short. See Abridge.]
     1. To make briefer; to shorten; to abridge; to reduce by
        contraction or omission, especially of words written or
        spoken.
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              It is one thing to abbreviate by contracting,
              another by cutting off.               --Bacon.
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     2. (Math.) To reduce to lower terms, as a fraction.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Abbreviate \Ab*bre"vi*ate\ ([a^]b*br[=e]"v[i^]*[asl]t), a. [L.
     abbreviatus, p. p.]
     1. Abbreviated; abridged; shortened. [R.] "The abbreviate
        form." --Earle.
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     2. (Biol.) Having one part relatively shorter than another or
        than the ordinary type.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Abbreviate \Ab*bre"vi*ate\, n.
     An abridgment. [Obs.] --Elyot.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  abbreviate
      v 1: reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The
           manuscript must be shortened" [syn: abridge,
           foreshorten, abbreviate, shorten, cut, contract,
           reduce] [ant: dilate, elaborate, enlarge, expand,
           expatiate, exposit, expound, flesh out,
           lucubrate]
      2: shorten; "Abbreviate `New York' and write `NY'"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  88 Moby Thesaurus words for "abbreviate":
     abridge, abstract, attenuate, be telegraphic, blot out,
     blue-pencil, bob, boil down, bowdlerize, cancel, capsulize, censor,
     circumscribe, clip, coarct, compact, compress, concentrate,
     condense, consolidate, constrict, constringe, contract, cramp,
     crop, cross out, curtail, cut, cut back, cut down, cut off short,
     cut short, decrease, delete, dock, draw, draw in, draw together,
     edit, edit out, elide, epitomize, erase, expunge, expurgate,
     extenuate, foreshorten, kill, knit, mow, narrow, nip, omit, poll,
     pollard, prune, pucker, pucker up, purse, reap, recap,
     recapitulate, reduce, rescind, retrench, rub out, shave, shear,
     shorten, slash, snub, solidify, strangle, strangulate, strike,
     strike off, strike out, stunt, sum up, summarize, synopsize,
     take in, telescope, trim, truncate, void, waste no words,
     wrinkle
  
  

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