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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 abbreviations word

  • noun abbreviations a shortened or contracted form of a word or phrase, used to represent the whole, as Dr. for Doctor, U.S. for United States, lb. for pound. 1
  • noun abbreviations an act of abbreviating; state or result of being abbreviated; reduction in length, duration, etc.; abridgment; summary: His abbreviation of his famous monograph, an enormous endeavor in itself, made an excellent introduction to the volume of collected essays of which he was the editor. 1
  • noun abbreviations a short phrase or reduced form used to represent a larger, more complex idea, situation, set of beliefs, etc.: “Freedom of speech” has become an abbreviation for a wealth of debate—and case law—about protesters' rights. The artist presented an abbreviation of line, plane, and curve; she creates breathtaking abstract representations of bodies you expect to leap off the canvas and start dancing. 1
  • noun abbreviations A shortened form of a word or phrase. 1
  • noun abbreviations plural of abbreviation. 0

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Origin of abbreviations

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 Abbreviations


abbreviations 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".

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Synonyms for abbreviations

noun abbreviations

  • acronyms — a word formed from the initial letters or groups of letters of words in a set phrase or series of words and pronounced as a separate word, as Wac from Women's Army Corps, OPEC from Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, or loran from long-range navigation.
  • syllabi — a plural of syllabus.
  • synopses — a brief or condensed statement giving a general view of some subject.

Antonyms for abbreviations

noun abbreviations

Top questions with abbreviations

  • what is abbreviations?

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