Meaning of abbreviation in English:


Pronunciation /əˌbriːvɪˈeɪʃn/

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  • 1A shortened form of a word or phrase.

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


Late Middle English from Anglo-Norman French abreviation, from ecclesiastical Latin abbreviatio(n-), from the verb abbreviare (see abbreviate).