UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/əˌbriːviˈeɪʃən/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/əˌbriviˈeɪʃən/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(ə brē′vē āshən)

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
ab•bre•vi•a•tion /əˌbriviˈeɪʃən/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. [countable] a shortened form of a word or phrase used to represent the whole, as Dr. for Doctor. In American English, many abbreviations are written with periods: the U.S.A. In British English, abbreviations are not written with periods: the USA. The stress in an abbreviation is often on the last letter: I.B.M./ˌaɪbiˈɛm/.USA pronunciation  
Compare acronym, contraction.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
ab•bre•vi•a•tion  (ə brē′vē āshən),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a shortened or contracted form of a word or phrase, used to represent the whole, as Dr. for Doctor,[U.S.]for United States, lb. for pound.
  2. an act of abbreviating;
    state or result of being abbreviated;
    reduction in length, duration, etc.;
  • Late Latin abbreviātiōn- (stem of abbreviātiō). See abbreviate, -ion
  • Middle French)
  • late Middle English abbreviacioun ( 1400–50

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
abbreviation /əˌbriːvɪˈeɪʃən/ n
  1. a shortened or contracted form of a word or phrase used in place of the whole
  2. the process or result of abbreviating
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