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English verb: abbreviate

1. abbreviate (change) reduce in scope while retaining essential elements


SamplesThe manuscript must be shortened.


Synonymsabridge, contract, cut, foreshorten, reduce, shorten


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)decrease, lessen, minify


Narrower (hyponym)bowdlerise, bowdlerize, castrate, concentrate, condense, digest, expurgate, shorten


Verb groupcut, edit, edit out


Antonymselaborate, expatiate, expound, lucubrate, dilate, exposit, flesh out, enlarge, expand

2. abbreviate (change) shorten


SamplesAbbreviate `New York' and write `NY'.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)reduce









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