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.
v reduce in scope while retaining essential elements
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