ab·​bre·​vi·​at·​ed ə-ˈbrē-vē-ˌā-təd How to pronounce abbreviated (audio)
: made shorter or briefer
an abbreviated word
an abbreviated session
an abbreviated version of the story
: 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 Now 73, Obst still has the best stories, but the sentences are punchier, more abbreviated. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Feb. 2024 His shoots are very abbreviated: the first film took nine days, the second one six days. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 6 Dec. 2023 Jackson gave himself an honest assessment of his performance in what was an abbreviated 2022 season. Tyler Dragon, USA TODAY, 13 June 2023 Despite the abbreviated flight, congratulations poured in from NASA chief Bill Nelson and others in the space industry. Marcia Dunn, ajc, 20 Apr. 2023 See all Example Sentences for abbreviated 

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of abbreviated was in the 15th century

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“Abbreviated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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