Definition of abbreviation in English:

abbreviation

noun

  • 1A shortened form of a word or phrase.

    ‘SKU is the abbreviation for Stock Keeping Unit’
    • ‘The peso's abbreviation was p, and its plural was sometimes written as ps, and sometimes the P with a superscript s.’
    • ‘So from now on I'll refer to the Texas Air National Guard by it's correct abbreviation, TXANG.’
    • ‘That's a particularly dour abbreviation - Normal Operating Procedure - but I don't claim to have invented that one.’
    • ‘An Appendix is provided with a summary of terms and abbreviations used throughout the article.’
    • ‘Electronic records also contained significantly more words, abbreviations, and symbols.’
    • ‘Such abbreviations have cropped up in different contexts time and again.’
    • ‘I was trying to find out the rule about using apostrophes with acronyms or abbreviations.’
    • ‘In the world of avid e-mail users, a variety of acronyms and abbreviations have developed.’
    • ‘Though the two abbreviations are Latin terms, they are easily translatable into English.’
    • ‘These typically consist of a two-letter state abbreviation, followed by a three-letter locality and a three-digit fire number.’
    • ‘A list of abbreviations, acronyms, and symbols that should not be used also should be available.’
    • ‘Letters shown in brackets are the recognized abbreviations for each term.’
    • ‘The glossary contains explanations of abbreviations and terms used in this pamphlet.’
    • ‘Acronyms or abbreviations can confuse a client who is looking for the business in a resource listing.’
    • ‘It's generally accepted that you can use acronyms and abbreviations without explanation, where the term is well known by the audience.’
    • ‘A new society that turns abbreviations into memorable acronyms has run into trouble.’
    • ‘There were many abbreviations, which were initially difficult to remember.’
    • ‘Find out what those pesky acronyms and abbreviations stand for.’
    • ‘This is not a legally approved abbreviation, and the story has been corrected to reflect that.’
    • ‘Doctors and nurses worked rapidly around her speaking in clipped phrases and abbreviations.’
    shortened form, short form, contraction, elision, acronym, initialism, symbol, diminutive
    shortening, reduction, cutting, cutting down, cutting short, contraction, condensation, compression, abridgement, truncation, clipping, cropping, paring down, pruning, shrinking, constricting, telescoping
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    1. 1.1mass noun The process of abbreviating something.
      ‘nursing records must be written without abbreviation’
      • ‘Nevertheless, abbreviation pays off in having everything fit into a tight volume.’
      • ‘Tanacetum vulgare, a herb whose name is supposedly derived by abbreviation from ‘athanasia’, the draught which gave Ganymede immortality.’
      • ‘Postmodern designs have hints of pilasters, friezes and capitals, but only in lego-like abbreviation.’
      • ‘Dorcia flinched at Dolly's abbreviation of her name.’
      • ‘He observes that the twentieth century could be characterized as the century of abbreviation.’
      • ‘In fact I did not condemn abbreviation, I condemned the near-total exclusion of ideas.’
      • ‘I think it is you who suffers some abbreviation of time on this timetable.’
      • ‘Let's not forget that it was exactly this kind of abbreviation that caused all the trouble in the first place.’
      • ‘Isn't abbreviation a prelude to obliteration?’
      • ‘They have exploited this radical abbreviation of focal length to develop a prototype of a credit-card-thin camera.’
      • ‘She resents any abbreviation of her name by people outside her intimate circle.’
      • ‘The device of dialogue allows abbreviation of statements without loss of clarity.’
      • ‘‘Bye,’ Lydia said with typical American abbreviation.’
      • ‘Is that abbreviation a true synopsis of the intent of the Amendment?’
      • ‘What are the consequences of that abbreviation of this story on the democratic process?’
      shortening, reduction, cutting, cutting down, cutting short, contraction, condensation, compression, abridgement, truncation, clipping, cropping, paring down, pruning, shrinking, constricting, telescoping
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Pronunciation

abbreviation

/əbriːvɪˈeɪʃ(ə)n/