Definition of abbreviation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˌbriːviˈeɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˌbriːviˈeɪʃn//
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  1. 1[countable] abbreviation (of/for something) a short form of a word, etc. What's the abbreviation for ‘Saint’?
  2. 2[uncountable] the process of abbreviating something
  3. Extra examples AC is the standard abbreviation for ‘air conditioning’. Abbreviations are used in the text to save space. Ad lib is an abbreviation of the Latin phrase ‘ad libitum’. The abbreviation PC stands for ‘personal computer’.
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