ab·​bre·​vi·​at·​ed | \ ə-ˈbrē-vē-ˌā-təd How to pronounce abbreviated (audio) \

Definition of abbreviated

1 : made shorter or briefer an abbreviated word an abbreviated session an abbreviated version of the story
2 : relatively short or small : shorter or smaller than is normal or conventional Their hourglass shape (a new trend this season even in alpine skis), metal edges, and abbreviated size make them easier to handle than traditional skis.— Jena MacPherson … an abbreviated version of an American amusement park.— John P. Sisk

Examples of abbreviated in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The project is cut up into short chapters, of course, for abbreviated streaming service Quibi. Dessi Gomez, Los Angeles Times, "Think you’ve seen ‘The Princess Bride’? Not like this," 29 June 2020 During an abbreviated but dominant junior season, Jarvis routinely sat 94-96 mph with his fastball to go with a change-up and an improved slider. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona Diamondbacks sign top pick Bryce Jarvis," 27 June 2020 After a long and tortured negotiation, Major League Baseball and players came to an agreement late Tuesday night on an abbreviated, 60-game season beginning in late July. Dan Carson, Houston Chronicle, "The 5 weirdest rules unveiled for MLB's shortened 2020 season," 24 June 2020 Without spring ball, figuring out who among the six redshirt and true freshmen could help this season needs to be an abbreviated process this summer. Eric Hansen, The Indianapolis Star, "As Notre Dame's workouts begin, here's a stab at Brian Kelly's to-do list," 23 June 2020 Teams would play each other twice in the abbreviated 22-game schedule, which the league said would be released later. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "With WNBA resuming amid coronavirus, Wings CEO Greg Bibb sees positives of centralized, condensed season," 15 June 2020 Major League rosters are frozen while MLB and its players association try to reach an agreement on holding an abbreviated 2020 season. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Hundreds of minor-leaguers released before MLB Draft," 10 June 2020 The Tigers, as anticipated, opened the abbreviated five-round draft by picking Torkelson, who got the word from his home in Petaluma, where his family and friends gathered for the big moment. John Shea,, "Petaluma’s Spencer Torkelson drafted 1st overall by Tigers," 10 June 2020 The abbreviated menu doesn’t mention its celebrated enchilada variety plate. Mike Sutter,, "5 San Antonio Mexican restaurants with great enchiladas to comfort you in these coronavirus times," 4 June 2020

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First Known Use of abbreviated

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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6 Jul 2020

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“Abbreviated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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