Definition of abbreviation in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˌbrēvēˈāSH(ə)n/


1A shortened form of a word or phrase.
Example sentences
  • 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.
shortened form, short form, contraction, acronym, initialism, symbol, diminutive;
shortening, reduction, cutting, contraction, condensation, abridgment, truncation, cropping, paring down
1.1The process or result of abbreviating.
Example sentences
  • 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.

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Syllabification: ab·bre·vi·a·tion

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