Meaning of ABBREVIATION in English


ab ‧ bre ‧ vi ‧ a ‧ tion /əˌbriːviˈeɪʃ ə n/ BrE AmE noun

1 . [countable] a short form of a word or expression

abbreviation of/for

‘Dr’ is the written abbreviation of ‘Doctor’.


In everyday English, people usually say be short for instead of be the abbreviation of/for :

W.H.O. is short for ‘World Health Organization’.

2 . [uncountable] the act of abbreviating something

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.