Meaning of “shorthand” in the English Dictionary

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"shorthand" in American English

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shorthandnoun [ U ]

us /ˈʃɔrtˌhænd/

a system of fast writing, using lines and symbols to represent letters, words, and phrases

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"shorthand" in Business English

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shorthandnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈʃɔːthænd/ us

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 wireless fidelity.

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.

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