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
  1. verb
    Abbreviate `New York' and write `NY'”
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    type of:
    make less complex
  2. verb
    reduce in scope while retaining essential elements
    synonyms: abridge, contract, cut, foreshorten, reduce, shorten
    cut, edit, edit out
    cut and assemble the components of
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    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
    type of:
    decrease, lessen, minify
    make smaller
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