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Definition of shorthand noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(also stenography) [uncountable] a quick way of writing using special signs or abbreviations, used especially to record what someone is saying typing and shorthand to take something down in shorthand shorthand notes Do you take shorthand?
  2. 2[uncountable, countable] shorthand (for something) a shorter way of saying or referring to something, that may not be as accurate as the more complicated way of saying it
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