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Examples of acronym in a Sentence
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is known by the acronym “NATO.”
Recent Examples of acronym from the Web
Soon, there could be more privacy rules to get your head around, but this time there’s a far better acronym.
The name is an acronym for Williams’ approach to getting in shape: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely.
In light of the incident, here’s what to know about Skripal: His background as a spy Skripal served with Russia’s military intelligence, often known by its Russian-language acronym GRU, and retired in 1999.
One helpful checklist frequently used for goal-setting is the acronym SMART, created by economic theorist Peter Drucker.
One supportive friend referred to the ex-husband with a derogatory acronym.
The Pentagon’s Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud contract, known by the acronym JEDI, could be worth billions over a decade, and is expected to be the biggest government contract ever for cloud computing.
Daesh is the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group.
To dig further in, researchers will use several next-generation telescopes with several complicated acronyms (CHIME, ASKAP, UTMOST, and APERTIF) to provide a broader coverage area for fast radio bursts.
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What's the difference between an abbreviation and an acronym?
Some people are unsure of whether to call ASAP or appt abbreviations or acronyms. Both abbreviation and acronym are used to refer to a shortened form, but an acronym is a shortened form of a phrase and is usually made up of the initial letters of that phrase. For example, NATO comes from “North Atlantic Treaty Organization,” and ASAP comes from “as soon as possible.” Abbreviations, on the other hand, can be shortened forms of words or phrases, and need not necessarily be made up of the initial letters of either. ASAP and appt (for appointment) are both considered abbreviations, but only ASAP is an acronym. Acronyms are a type of abbreviation.
What is the difference between the words acronym and initialism?
Acronym is a fairly recent word, dating from the 1940s, although acronyms existed long before we gave them that name. The term was preceded in English by the word initialism, meaning an abbreviation formed from the initial letters of a phrase, and which has been in use since the late 19th century.
Some people feel strongly that acronym should only be used for terms like NATO, which is pronounced as a single word, and that initialism should be used if the individual letters are all pronounced distinctly, as with FBI. Our research shows that acronym is commonly used to refer to both types of abbreviations.
Did You Know?
Acronym was created by combining acr- ("beginning") with -onym, ("name" or "word"). You may recognize -onym in other familiar English words such as pseudonym and synonym. English speakers borrowed -onym directly from the Greek (it derives from onyma, the Greek word for "name"). Acr- is also from Greek, but it made a side trip through Middle French on its way to English.
ACRONYM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of acronym for English Language Learners
: a word formed from the first letters of each one of the words in a phrase
ACRONYM Defined for Kids
Definition of acronym for Students
- The word “radar” is an acronym for “radio detecting and ranging.”
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