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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ABBREVIATE

"Well, abbreviate 'community,' that's the longest word," suggested Dick.

It is common, however, to abbreviate them in a manner peculiarly Malay.

Page 289: "Ben: Perley Poore" did abbreviate his first name with a colon.

She thought his name long, but had not yet decided how to abbreviate it.

There are a number of words which we abbreviate or contract, in our every-day use.

Nothing can be added to it, and it would be impossible to abbreviate it.

If your honors please, I have endeavored, so far as it was possible, to abbreviate what I have had to say on this subject.

In text matter not of a technical character it is better not to abbreviate.

Gentlemen, I have seen fit to abbreviate the King's message.

But it is one thing, to abbreviate by contracting, another by cutting off.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c., from Latin abbreviatus, past participle of abbreviare "to shorten" (see abbreviation). Also sometimes 15c. abbrevy, from Middle French abrevier (14c.), from Latin abbreviare. Related: Abbreviated; abbreviating.

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