To abbreviate is to shorten. Words are often abbreviated, like when we say sked instead of schedule.

Though we most often think about words being abbreviated — especially terms like OMG and LOL for "oh my God" and "laugh out loud" — lots of things can be abbreviated. You just have to shorten them. Sudden rain might abbreviate a baseball game. A bomb threat would abbreviate a school day. Anytime something is being shortened or cut, abbreviation is going on.

Definitions of abbreviate

v shorten

Abbreviate `New York' and write `NY'”
Type of:
make less complex

v reduce in scope while retaining essential elements

abridge, contract, cut, foreshorten, reduce, shorten
cut, edit, edit out
cut and assemble the components of
dilate, elaborate, enlarge, expand, expatiate, exposit, expound, flesh out, lucubrate
add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing
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bowdlerise, bowdlerize, castrate, expurgate, shorten
edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate
concentrate, condense, digest
make more concise
capsule, capsulise, capsulize, encapsulate
put in a short or concise form; reduce in volume
make smaller or shorter
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decrease, lessen, minify
make smaller

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