Definition of abbreviation in English:

abbreviation

noun

  • 1A shortened form of a word or phrase.

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

Pronunciation

abbreviation

/əˌbrēvēˈāSH(ə)n//əˌbriviˈeɪʃ(ə)n/