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contraction

con·trac·tion

contraction

 
pronunciation:
kn traek shn
features:
Word Combinations (noun)
part of speech: noun
inflections: contractions
definition 1: an act of contracting.
synonyms:
constriction, shortening, tightening
antonyms:
expansion, extension
similar words:
compression, flexion, narrowing, reduction, shrinking, squeeze, taper
definition 2: the result of such an act.
synonyms:
construction, shortening, shrinkage, tightening
antonyms:
extension
similar words:
compactness, compression, decrease, diminution, reduction, tightness
definition 3: a shortened form of a word or words, often with an apostrophe to represent the missing letters.
"Can't" is a contraction of "cannot".
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synonyms:
shortening, syncope
similar words:
elision
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