Meaning of “etc.” in the English Dictionary

business-english dictionary

"etc." in British English

See all translations

etc.

uk /ɪtˈset.ər.ə/ us /ˈset̬.ɚ.ər.ə/

abbreviation for et cetera: and other similar things. It is used to avoid giving a complete list:

We saw lots of lions, tigers, elephants, etc.

More examples

  • We have a constant battle against garden pests such as slugs, snails, greenfly, blackfly, etc.
  • Pigment is mixed into oil, glue, egg, etc. to make different types of paint.
  • We can always see sparrows, robins, blackbirds and starlings, etc. in our garden, and often bluetits and finches.
  • They ask for your personal details - age, sex, nationality, etc.
  • It's very bad for you because it's full of salt and fat, etc.

(Definition of “etc.” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"etc." in American English

See all translations

etc.adverb

us /etˌset̬·ər·ə, ɪt-, -ˈse·trə/

abbreviation for et cetera (= and other similar things):

The children use computers in many instructional areas, including math, science, language study, etc.
Note: Used after a list.

(Definition of “etc.” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"etc." in Business English

See all translations

etc.

uk us

abbreviation for et cetera: and other similar things. It is used instead of giving a complete list:

They ask for your personal details - age, sex, nationality, etc.

(Definition of “etc.” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)