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Abbreviate   Listen
Abbreviate  v. t.  (past & past part. abbreviated; pres. part. abbreviating)  
To make briefer; to shorten; to abridge; to reduce by contraction or omission, especially of words written or spoken. "It is one thing to abbreviate by contracting, another by cutting off."
(Math.) To reduce to lower terms, as a fraction.

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"Abbreviate" Quotes from Famous Books

... accursed stars, To abbreviate my noble father's life! Hard-hearted gods, and too envious fates, Thus to cut off my father's fatal thread! Brutus, that was a glory to us all, Brutus, that was a terror to his foes, Alas, too soon, by Demagorgon's knife, The martial ...
— 2. Mucedorus • William Shakespeare [Apocrypha]

... abbreviate in telling, and the children will still further shorten them. Try, however, to retain the spirit of each. Do not try to tell all that is contained in the longer articles mentioned above. Select interesting portions, a single anecdote, a few facts ...
— Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10 - The Guide • Charles Herbert Sylvester

... a trace of something that we all know? May not part of the reason for Christ's haste have been that desire which we all have, when some inevitable grief or pain lies before us, to get it over soon, and to abbreviate the moments that lie between us and it? Was there not something of that feeling in our Lord's sensitive nature when He said, for instance, 'I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how am I straitened until it be accomplished'? 'I am come to send fire ...
— Expositions of Holy Scripture - St. Mark • Alexander Maclaren

... total of 'is conversation from 7.45 P.M. till 11.15 P.M. was 'Let's have another.' Thus the mornin' an' the evenin' were the first day, as Scripture says.... To abbreviate a lengthy narrative, I went into Cape Town for five consecutive nights with Master Vickery, and in that time I must 'ave logged about fifty knots over the ground an' taken in two gallon o' all the worst ...
— Traffics and Discoveries • Rudyard Kipling

... their fair friends an illimitable visit. The rain, which has been endurable enough for the walk or ride one way, is sure to become so heavy, and at the same time so certain to clear up by and by, that nothing but an open quarrel can abbreviate the visit; latent detestation will not do at all. And if people happen to be lovers, what can be so delightful, in England, as a rainy morning? English sunshine is dubious; bonnets are never quite secure; and if you sit down on ...
— The Mill on the Floss • George Eliot

Words linked to "Abbreviate" :   bowdlerize, foreshorten, bowdlerise, abbreviator, contract, edit, cut, minify, shorten, reduce, edit out, expand, decrease

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