ab·​bre·​vi·​at·​ed | \ə-ˈbrē-vē-ˌā-təd \

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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The Senate will return Wednesday from an abbreviated summer recess to confirm two more federal appeals court judges by the end of the week. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "A new home for House Power Rankings," 15 Aug. 2018 High school seniors had already graduated, and only a handful of underclassmen trickled in for the abbreviated school day. Debbie Truong, Washington Post, "‘I still think I have a lot to offer:’ Three decades later, a Virginia teacher’s words ring true.," 1 July 2018 Flores Weisskopf was elected in 2011 to an abbreviated four-year term and reelected during an uncontested election 2015 to a full six-year term that runs through 2021. Karen Berkowitz,, "Park District of Highland Park commissioner missed 70 percent of meetings so far this year," 6 July 2018 Following his abbreviated appearance at the BET Awards alongside some Philly legends Sunday night, Uzi headed backstage and decided to have some fun. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Lil Uzi Vert Teases Unreleased Collaboration With BlocBoy JB in Hilarious Dancing Video," 25 June 2018 Fabio Fucci, 38, who served an abbreviated term as councilman of the Five Star Movement, was elected as mayor of Pomezia in 2013. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, "For Luigi Di Maio, It’s Now or Never to Lead Italy. Unless It’s Later.," 8 Apr. 2018 Cox has an abbreviated schedule leading up to election day, almost all of it near his home base of San Diego. John Wildermuth, San Francisco Chronicle, "Newsom, John Cox top new California governor’s poll: Villaraigosa in trouble," 31 May 2018 Honorable mentions While Davidson offers a near-perfect comparison to Rhodes, there were several other notable performances during the abbreviated opening-week schedule. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Tuffy Awards 2018: Matt Davidson homers three times on opening day," 3 Apr. 2018 Aleksey Lukashev, an email phishing specialist with Unit 26165 of Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate, often abbreviated GRU. Raphael Satter,, "Long-hidden hackers unmasked by special counsel investigation," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of abbreviated

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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