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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
Braga Netto said 375 motorcycles had been donated to the police, and the military was repairing police vehicles and had provided three armored cars to an elite squad of officers known by the Portuguese acronym BOPE.
Odds are high that this acronym will become part of your vocabulary — and part of your portfolio — in the near future.
The confusing acronym is a leftover from President George W. Bush’s dealings with the North Korean regime.
The acronym change isn’t the only less-than-critical agenda item Mulvaney has pursued.
According to the Google blog, some doctors remembered the test by using an acronym of her last name (Appearance, Pulse, Grimace, Activity and Respiration).
Gauland's comments were defended by many in the party, known by its German acronym AfD, which entered the national parliament in last year's election on anti-migrant and anti-establishment sentiment and is now the biggest opposition party.
Thames said, using the acronym for the state oversight panel, the Municipality Accountability Review Board.
However, true authentication would have to come through a third party — Memorabilia Evaluation and Research Services, known to collectors by the acronym MEARS.
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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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