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abbreviation

Line breaks: ab¦bre¦vi|ation
Pronunciation: /əbriːvɪˈeɪʃ(ə)n
 
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Definition of abbreviation in English:

noun

1A shortened form of a word or phrase: SKU is the abbreviation for Stock Keeping Unit
More 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.
Synonyms
shortened form, short form, contraction, elision, acronym, initialism, symbol, diminutive
shortening, reduction, cutting, cutting short/down, contraction, condensation, compression, abridgement, truncation, clipping, cropping, paring down, pruning, shrinking, constricting, telescoping
1.1 [mass noun] The process of abbreviating something: nursing records must be written without abbreviation
More 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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