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Meaning of “shorthand” in the English Dictionary

"shorthand" in British English

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shorthandnoun [U]

uk   /ˈʃɔːt.hænd/  us   /ˈʃɔːrt-/ (also stenography)
a ​system of ​fast writing that uses ​lines and ​simplesigns to ​represent words and ​phrases: Their ​conversations were taken down in shorthand by a ​secretary.
(Definition of shorthand from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"shorthand" in American English

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shorthandnoun [U]

 us   /ˈʃɔrtˌhænd/
a ​system of ​fast writing, using ​lines and ​symbols to ​representletters, words, and ​phrases
(Definition of shorthand from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"shorthand" in Business English

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shorthandnoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈʃɔːthænd/
(also stenography) WORKPLACE, MEETINGS a ​system of writing that uses ​lines and ​symbols to ​represent words and is used to ​record what someone says as they are speaking: do/know shorthand I couldn't do shorthand so they said they couldn't ​hire me as a ​secretary.in shorthand Today's ​secretaries are just as likely to tell their ​boss how to use a ​laptop as to take a ​letter in shorthand.
be shorthand for sth to be a ​short or quick way of referring to something: Wi-fi is shorthand for ​wirelessfidelity. to be another way of saying that something has a particular ​quality: With some ​products "made in the U.S.A." remains shorthand for ​reliability.
(Definition of shorthand from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “shorthand”
in Chinese (Simplified) 速记(法)…
in Turkish steno, stenografi…
in Russian стенография…
in Chinese (Traditional) 速記(法)…
in Polish stenografia…
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