Definition of abbreviation in English:



  • 1A shortened form of a word or phrase.

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