Definition of abbreviation in English:



  • 1A shortened form of a word or phrase.

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