noun (used with a plural verb)
noun, plural ABC's, ABCs.
Trademark. American Broadcasting Companies: a television and radio network.
atomic, biological, and chemical: ABC warfare.
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Related Words for abc'scase, specific, article, fact, circumstance, rundown, picture, story, thing, nitty-gritty, specification, point, feature, scoop, element, item, cue, score, know, gospel
(plural in US) the rudiments of a subject
an alphabetical guide to a subject
(often plural in US) the alphabet
(formerly, of weapons or warfare) atomic, biological, and chemical
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
American Broadcasting Company
Audit Bureau of Circulation
Australian Australian-born Chinese: a person with Chinese parents, born and raised in Australia
US American-born Chinese: a person with Chinese parents, born and raised in the US
British acceptable behaviour contract: a voluntary written agreement between someone who has been involved in anti-social behaviour and a local agency such as a housing association, council, or police
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"the alphabet," late 13c., abece. Sense "rudiments or fundamentals (of a subject)" is from late 14c. From 1944 (in a "Billboard" headline) as a shortening of American Broadcasting Company. Related: ABCs.
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