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  1. (plural in US) the rudiments of a subject
  2. an alphabetical guide to a subject
  3. (often plural in US) the alphabet


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= basics, principles, elements, essentials, fundamentals, rudiments



abbreviation for

  1. (formerly, of weapons or warfare) atomic, biological, and chemical
  2. Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  3. American Broadcasting Company
  4. Audit Bureau of Circulation
  5. (Australian) Australian-born Chinese: a person with Chinese parents, born and raised in Australia
  6. (US) American-born Chinese: a person with Chinese parents, born and raised in the US
  7. (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

Example Sentences Including 'ABC'

'You're so bloody morally correct since you joined the ABC - 'Let's all lay off,' said Malone.
Jon Cleary YESTERDAY'S SHADOW (2002)
) Tomorrow, Rogers Sportsnet carries the all-star game at 8 p. m. ET (an ABC simulcast).
Globe and Mail (2003)
8. Collins, Andrew, The Black Alchemist ABC Books, London, 1988.
Matthews, John & Potter, Chesca (eds) The Aquarian Guide to Legendary London
In February of 2001, the ABC news show 20/ 20 told viewers that Clonaid was on the verge of success.
Globe and Mail (2003)
In some respects, Mr McDonald's remarks undermined the Prime Minister's charge of Labor bias at the ABC.
Independent (1998)
Research shows that, among ABC males in the eighteen to thirty club, he's the comedian of choice.
Tony Parsons MAN AND WIFE (2002)
The dilemma of whether to have a fitted or free-standing kitchen is solved by ABC with its designs that combine both.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
The girl I work with... "And she told the story of meeting Queenie in the ABC (' Take him if you'd like him.
Haines, Pamela The Golden Lion


Comment byJamesWent on 19 Jul 2014

8. (British) Abbreviation for both the former cinema chain, and television franchise, owned by Associated British Cinemas. 9. ABC tea shops: (British) Abbreviation for the former tea rooms operated by the Aerated Bread Company. In Somerset Maugham's "Cakes and Ale", chapter 14, "they... had tea in an ABC shop".

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Comment byJamesWent on 19 Jul 2014

Abbreviation 1: compare NBC, sense 2.

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