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English definition of “shorthand”


noun [U]    /ˈʃɔrtˌhænd/
a system of fast writing, using lines and symbols to represent letters , words, and phrases
(Definition of shorthand noun from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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