Pronunciation of Abbreviate
/ɐbɹˈiːvɪˌe͡ɪt/, /ɐbɹˈiːvɪˌe‍ɪt/, /ɐ_b_ɹ_ˈiː_v_ɪ__ˌeɪ_t/

Antonyms for abbreviate:

expatiate, lengthen, expand, amplify, extend, enlarge.

Synonyms for abbreviate:

Sense 3

pay out, cut short, telescope.

Sense 7

turn up.

Sense 10


Sense 15





cut back.


elide, truncate.

Other synonyms and related words:

rationalise, cut, curve, come down, write out, undertake, elongate, thin out, syncopate, expurgate, rationalize, edit, sign on, cut down, elide, scale down, foreshorten, stretch, disregard, sign, veer, slue, telescope, thin, cut short, tighten, geld, ignore, narrow, bowdlerize, bring down, make out, take, swerve, sheer, slew, quash, switch off, trim down, decoct, trim back, constrict, repress, melt off, bowdlerise, dilute, edit out, burn, subjugate, keep down, deoxidize, cut back, turn off, subdue, snub, boil down, lose weight, press, sign up, slim down, get.

abbreviate (noun)

cut, abridge, contract, foreshorten, shorten.

change (verb)

shorten, reduce, cut, abridge, foreshorten, contract.

contract (verb)

squeeze, condense, wither.

curtail (verb)

fragment, minimize, reduce, discontinue.

cut short an activity (verb)

curtail, truncate.

decrease (verb)

contract, concentrate, lessen, erode, lower, compress, abridge, truncate, compact, dwindle, shorten, deduct, curtail, deflate, drain, recede, diminish, abate, die down, subside, decrement, shrink, deplete, decrease.

diminish (verb)

cull, lighten, pare, nip, prune, bob, shave, trim, crop, taper, clip, weed, shear, downgrade.

shorten (verb)

compress, contract, cut back, cut, cut down, abridge, pare, trim, clip, reduce, boil down, cut off, prune, condense.

Usage examples for abbreviate:

  • Camargo, says Grimm, was the first who ventured to abbreviate her skirts. - "Queens of the French Stage", H. Noel Williams.

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