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 Biden's interactions with Mohammed on Sunday were more abbreviated. Tyler Pager,, 16 July 2022 But this time, an abbreviated five-week contract — covering Muti’s May and June residencies with the CSO — will accommodate her busier-than-ever schedule rather than the other way around. Hannah Edgar, Chicago Tribune, 30 June 2022 Garland didn't let his abbreviated career at Vanderbilt keep him from making a statement on draft night. Damon Brooks Jr., USA TODAY, 25 June 2022 The shows were generally an hour long, and guest stars would do an abbreviated edition of their act and perform gamely with an almost Las Vegas-style company of singers and dancers. Lisa Birnbach, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 Mondale lost the abbreviated race to Republican Norm Coleman. Steve Karnowski, ajc, 1 May 2022 How was planning last year’s altered version of Thunder, which saw an abbreviated air show and multiple firework launch sites? Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, 12 Apr. 2022 Does an abbreviated spring training factor into the pitching staff's early issues? Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 Apr. 2022 A year later, in 2021, many owners of Irish bars across the Valley held abbreviated celebrations or wrote the holiday off all together. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, 16 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of abbreviated

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Jul 2022

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“Abbreviated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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