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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-bree-vee-ey-shuh n]
    • /əˌbri viˈeɪ ʃən/
    • /əˌbriː.viˈeɪ.ʃən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-bree-vee-ey-shuh n]
    • /əˌbri viˈeɪ ʃən/

Definitions of abbreviation word

  • countable noun abbreviation An abbreviation is a short form of a word or phrase, made by leaving out some of the letters or by using only the first letter of each word. 3
  • noun abbreviation a shortened or contracted form of a word or phrase used in place of the whole 3
  • noun abbreviation the process or result of abbreviating 3
  • noun abbreviation a making shorter 3
  • noun abbreviation the fact or state of being made shorter 3
  • noun abbreviation a shortened form of a word or phrase, as N.Y. for New York, Mr. for Mister, lb for pound, ctn for cotangent 3

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Origin of abbreviation

First appearance:

before 1400
One of the 24% oldest English words
1400-50; late Middle English abbreviacioun (< Middle French) < Late Latin abbreviātiōn- (stem of abbreviātiō). See abbreviate, -ion

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Parts of speech for Abbreviation


abbreviation popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 92% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

abbreviation usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for abbreviation

noun abbreviation

  • compendium — A compendium is a short but detailed collection of information, usually in a book.
  • clipping — A clipping is an article, picture, or advertisement that has been cut from a newspaper or magazine.
  • abstraction — An abstraction is a general idea rather than one relating to a particular object, person, or situation.
  • compression — the act of compressing or the condition of being compressed
  • abstract — An abstract idea or way of thinking is based on general ideas rather than on real things and events.

Antonyms for abbreviation

noun abbreviation

  • increase — to make greater, as in number, size, strength, or quality; augment; add to: to increase taxes.
  • augmentation — the act of augmenting or the state of being augmented

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