# \definesynonyms

## Syntax

 \definesynonyms[...][...][...][...] [...] singular [...] plural [...] command [...] command

## Description

The first bracket pair contains the singular form of the synonym, and the second contains the plural form. The third bracket pair contains a command.

For example the command \abbreviation is defined by:

\definesynonyms[abbreviation][abbreviations][\infull]
\setupsynonyms[abbreviation][textstyle=cap]


Now the command \abbreviation is available and can be used to state your abbreviations:

\abbreviation{ANWB}{Dutch Automobile Association}
\abbreviation{VVV}{Bureau of Tourist Information}
\abbreviation{NS}{Dutch Railways}


If you would type:

The Dutch \VVV\ (\infull{VVV}) can provide you with the tourist
information on Hasselt.


You would obtain something like this:

The Dutch VVV (Bureau of Tourist Information) can provide you with the tourist information
on Hasselt.


If you want to put a list of the abbreviations used in your document you can type:

\subject{Abbreviations}
\placelistofabbreviations


or with automatic chapter

\completelistofabbreviations                % only ones used in the text
\completelistofabbreviations[criterium=all] % this prints even the unused


## Example


\definesynonyms[test][tests][\infull]

\setupsynonyms[test][criterium=all]

\test{ITU}{International Telecommunication Union}
\test{MID}{Maritime Identification Digit}
\test{Ch}{Switzerland}

\starttext

The \ITU\ is an organisation in \infull{Ch}

\subject{Short is nice}
\placelistoftests

\stoptext


looks like this:

## Hint

\abbreviation{\alpha}{Angle of something}


This will fail because to create a macro \alpha which expands to \alpha Use uppercase letter to prevent this, when your font contains greek you can also use a text alpha,

\abbreviation[ALPHA]{\alpha}{Angle of something}
\abbreviation[PLANCK]{\hbar}{planckconstant}
\starttext
\ALPHA\ and \PLANCK
\stoptext