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

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Some news outlets have decided to share abbreviated versions on their websites. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Far-Right Terrorists in Christchurch, New Zealand Kill 49 People During Morning Prayer at Mosques," 15 Mar. 2019 An abbreviated version of this interview appears in the April 2019 issue Marie Claire. Colleen Leahey Mckeegan, Marie Claire, "Valerie Jarrett on First Meeting the Obamas, Voter Suppression, and Beto O’Rourke," 18 Mar. 2019 And for the girls with more abbreviated lengths, Smith took an even more bespoke approach. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Proenza Schouler Just Sent Cool-Girl Wet Hair Down the Runway—And It’s Easier to Pull Off Than You Think," 12 Feb. 2019 Yesterday on a Milanese balcony, the super debuted a mane of pin-straight brunette that swung several extra inches past the culmination point of her abbreviated chop, the setting infinitely apropos for a let-down-her-hair moment. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Bella Hadid Brings the Drama to Milan Fashion Week With Long Hair Worthy of This Italian Icon," 19 Sep. 2018 Raf Simons’s abbreviated tenure at Calvin Klein is likely to be all anyone talks about at the upcoming round of shows, and for good reason. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "11 Reasons to Be Excited About The Year in Fashion," 4 Jan. 2019 Hilaria Baldwin The yoga instructor somehow got all of her little ones in front of this very appropriately abbreviated/New York–apartment-size tree. Vogue, "Which Celebrity Christmas Decorations Are Perfectly On-Brand? Let Us Show You," 14 Dec. 2018 From the markings on tanks to the classification of aircraft, the armed services use a lot of symbology and abbreviated text to quickly convey information. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Military’s Cryptic Letters, Numbers, and Symbols, Explained," 6 Dec. 2018 The abbreviated version will be held this fall and will take place over 15 days rather than the 23-day global event. Phil Marty,, "A wild look at Indonesia, a lauded hotel at a winning price and more," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of abbreviated

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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