List Of Most Popular Business Abbreviations That You Need To Know
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List Of Most Popular Business Abbreviations That You Need To Know

In these busy days, we strive to convey the maximum amount of information with less effort, and therefore we use abbreviations.
In this relation, we would mention that abbreviation means a short form of a word.
Below you will find a list of the most popular business abbreviations that you need to know before you start your job in the corporate world.

Abbreviations that you need to know

a/c – account
AI – Artificial Intelligence
am – ante meridiem
asap – as soon as possible
Assn -Association
attn. – (for the) attention (of)
B/E – bill of exchange
B/L – bill of lading
CAPEX – Capital Expenditures
cc – copy to, copies
cf. – compare
cfr – cost and freight
CGT – capital gains tax
C/N- credit note
Co – company
c/o – care of
Corp. – Corporation
CR – credit
CEO – Chief Executive Officer
CFO – Chief Financial Officer
CIO – Chief Information Officer
CMO – Chief Marketing Officer
COO – Chief Operating Officer
CPA – Certified Public Accountant
CTO – Chief Technology Officer
CV – Curriculum Vitae
D/A – documents against acceptance
DD – direct debit
DN – debit note
D/P – documents against payment
eg – for example
enc(s) – enclosure(s)
ETA – Estimated Time of Arrival
FYI – for your information
gr. – gross
HRM – Human Resource Manager
HQ – Headquarters
HO – Head Office
ie – that is to say
IP – Internet Protocol
ISP – Internet Service Provider
Inc – Incorporated
IT – Information Technology
LAN – Local Area Network
lb – pound
Ltd – limited
N/A – not applicable
NB – Note
no. – number
OOO – out of office
OS – Operating System
pa – per year
PLC – public limited company
Pls – Please
pm – post meridiem
PO – Post Office
QA – Quality Assurance
Qty – Quantity
re – with reference to, regarding
Ref: reference
ROI – Return on Investment
SaaS – Software-as-a-Service
Thx – Thanks
VAT – Value Added Tax
WWW – World Wide Web

More abbreviations that you need to know


Jan – January
Feb – February
Mar – March
Apr – April
May – May
Jun – June
Jul – July
Aug – August
Sep or Sept – September
Oct – October
Nov – November
Dec – December


Mr. – Mister
Mrs. – Mistress
Ms. – Miss
Sr. / Jr. – Senior / Junior


hrs. – hours
min – minutes
GMT – Greenwich Mean Time
UTC – Universal Time Coordinated 


Ave. – Avenue
Blvd – Boulevard
Bldg – Building
Rd – Road
St – Street


EU – European Union
APAC – Asia-Pacific
EMEA – Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
CEE – Central and Eastern Europe
IMEA – India, Middle East, and Africa
LATAM – Latin America
LAD – Latin America Division 
NA – North America
Nordics – includes Scandinavian countries Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, also Finland and Iceland.


1Q – 1st Quarter: 1 January – 31 March
2Q – 2nd Quarter: 1 April – 30 June
3Q – 3rd Quarter: 1 July – 30 September
4Q – 4th Quarter: 1 October – 31 December

Byte units

kB – kilobyte
MB – megabyte
GB – gigabyte
TB – terabyte
PB – petabyte

Software systems

ERP – Enterprise Resource Planning
CRM – Customer Relationship Management
SCM – Supply Chain Management

Sample sentences with the most popular business abbreviations

Your start date in this role will be Jan 25th, 2021, to be confirmed by you according to your personal arrangements and administrative timelines.

The offer will be valid until Nov 27, 2019.

Thank you for your time last Monday. I’ve reviewed your application and I’m happy to inform you that you’re selected to join the HR department for the position – HR assistant.

We wish to remind you that our invoice no.901 dated … is still unpaid/outstanding and ask you to give the matter your immediate attention.

The meeting will take place on the 5th of January, starting at 2 pm and finishing at 4 pm.

Come & take advantage of the newest happenings in IT!

Within 30 – 40 mins, we will show you how to use this new platform and we will tell you about its main functionalities and the benefits it will provide to your organization.

Can we please change the invitation to 2 pm EST, please? I have another commitment at 10 am that will be held until 1 pm.

Please be advised to include a CV, current photo, exact address, and telephone number of the recommended candidate as well as the name of the position you are recommending.

Abbreviations are often used for business meetings, email communication, or verbal communication. In order to be actively involved in the communication, you need to know this list with the most popular basic business abbreviations.

You are free to use the above business abbreviations in your emails!

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