a word formed from the initial letters or groups of letters of words in a set phrase or series of words and pronounced as a separate word, as Wac from Women's Army Corps,OPEC from Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, or loran from long-range navigation.
to make an acronym of: The committee's name has been acronymed MIKE.
- ac·ro·nym·ic, a·cron·y·mous [uh-kron-uh-muhs], /əˈkrɒn ə məs/, adjective
- ac·ro·nym·i·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use acronym in a sentence
Savvy shoppers love the acronym BOGO, because it means “buy one, get one” free.Gifts that keep on giving: These retailers offer one-for-one deals or make financial donations | Laura Daily | November 30, 2020 | Washington Post
Even the brand’s nam Avre—an acronym for “authentic, versatile, responsible, empowered”—embodies the brand’s platforms.Meet the sisters self-funding a sustainable footwear brand, creating shoes that ‘celebrate every woman’s step’ | Rachel King | November 22, 2020 | Fortune
Eliminating unnecessary acronyms could increase science accessibility and get people more interested in technical subjects.
It really shows how specific and isolating all these acronyms can be.
A group of researchers in Australia, including a marine ecologist and a statistician, looked at almost 25 million scientific articles between 1950 and 2019, searching for trends in acronym use.
Bae,” for example, is a term of endearment that is either short for “baby” or an acronym for “before anyone else.Feminist, Bae, Turnt: Time’s ‘Worst Words’ List Is Sexist and Racist | Samantha Allen | November 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He used the Arab acronym for ISIS or ISIL, as the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” commonly is known.
Try not to laugh when you notice what the acronym for said foundation is.It’s Official: ‘Redskins’ Is Racist, but Will the Team or NFL Listen? | Robert Silverman | June 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
RICO is the acronym for the Racketeer-influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.
The acronym of the embodying League of the Common Fate is SOS.This 1979 Novel Predicted Putin’s Invasion Of Crimea | Michael Weiss | May 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for acronym
a pronounceable name made up of a series of initial letters or parts of words; for example, UNESCO for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization
- acronymic or acronymous (əˈkrɒnɪməs), adjective
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Cultural definitions for acronym
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