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  ENGLISH  VOCABULARY  for ESL learners  


 ABBREVIATIONS and ACRONYMS
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The meaning of English abbreviations and acronyms.



Abbreviation : a shortened form of a written word, phrase or name used in place of the whole, for example:  ‘Dr.’ for Doctor, ‘Mr.’ for Mister, ‘gym’ for gymnastics, 'Tim' for Timothy.

Acronym: A word which is formed from the first letters of other words, and which is  pronounced as a full word, for example NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation).

ABBREVIATION or ACRONYM MEANING
@ at (followed by an address)
a/c account
admin administration, administrative
ad/advert advertisement
AGM Annual General Meeting
a.m. ante meridiem (before noon)
a/o account of (on behalf of)
AOB any other business
ASAP as soon as possible
ATM Automated Teller Machine (cash dispenser)
attn for the attention of
approx approximately
A.V. Authorized Version
bcc blind carbon copy
(copy sent to another person without the knowledge of the main recipient)
cc carbon copy (copy to one or more people)
CEO Chief Executive Officer
c/o care of
(on letters: at the address of)
Co company
cm centimetre
COD Cash On Delivery
dept department
doc. document
e.g. exempli gratia (for example)
EGM Extraordinary General Meeting
ETA estimated time of arrival
etc et caetera (and so on)
GDP Gross Domestic Product

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