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abbreviate

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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abbreviateab‧bre‧vi‧ate /əˈbriːvieɪt/ ●○○ verb [transitive]  SLGSHORT/NOT LONGto make a word or expression shorter by not including letters or using only the first letter of each word syn shortenbe abbreviated to something ‘Information technology’ is usually abbreviated to ‘IT’.
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Examples from the Corpus
abbreviateThe most moderate view is that Celsus' discussion has been abbreviated.Television, it should be remembered, can conserve and celebrate just as it can abbreviate and denature.Also, in writing of events the writer is certain to have to abbreviate any descriptions very sharply.Is it correct to abbreviate 'Avenue', 'Street' and so on when writing an address on an envelope?The solution is to abbreviate, contract and condense.Unless he can marry, he is often destined to a troubled and abbreviated life.Can you relate this use of questions to the fact that you is deleted from abbreviated questions?Tag-Controlled Deletion is a rule of the abbreviated style in informal language.However, the tag cases are only one part of the general deletion processes that affect subject and auxiliary in abbreviated style.The word "kilogram' is usually abbreviated to "kg'.
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Verb table
abbreviate
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyabbreviate
he, she, itabbreviates
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyabbreviated
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave abbreviated
he, she, ithas abbreviated
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad abbreviated
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill abbreviate
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have abbreviated
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam abbreviating
he, she, itis abbreviating
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you, we, theyare abbreviating
Past
I, he, she, itwas abbreviating
you, we, theywere abbreviating
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been abbreviating
he, she, ithas been abbreviating
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been abbreviating
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be abbreviating
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been abbreviating
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