abbreviation (noun): a short form of a word or words
An abbreviation is a short form of a word or phrase. All of the short forms that you see below ↓ are abbreviations.
There are four main types of abbreviation, and the way that we write, punctuate and pronounce any abbreviation depends largely on its type. Click on each type of abbreviation below for more information:
advertisement → ad
Doctor → Dr
British Broadcasting Corporation → BBC
subscriber identification module → sim
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