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
Snappy acronyms are a time-honored tradition in the self-help genre.
Gelsinger will need more than a few more acronyms to succeed.
HOMES is a well-known acronym for them and that would fit nicely into one of the 5×5 rows.Solution to Evan Birnholz’s Dec. 27 Post Magazine crossword, “5×5” | Evan Birnholz | December 27, 2020 | Washington Post
To some digital marketers and small businesses, this might be the first time of hearing this marketing acronym.Seven underrated Google Analytics features that boost performance | Chuks Chukwuemeka | December 18, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
Under the current system, users pay 10 cents per page to view the public records through the service known as PACER, an acronym for Public Access to Court Electronic Records.Lawmakers are trying to create a database with free access to court records. Judges are fighting against it. | Ann Marimow | December 4, 2020 | Washington Post
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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