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English definition of “abbreviation”


noun [C]    /əˌbri·viˈeɪ·ʃən/
a shortened form esp. of a word or phrase: UN is the abbreviation for the United Nations. The letters i.e. are an abbreviation of a Latin phrase that means "that is."
(Definition of abbreviation noun from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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