contraction

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contraction /kənˈtrækʃən/ noun
plural contractions
contraction
/kənˈtrækʃən/
noun
plural contractions
Learner's definition of CONTRACTION
[noncount] : the act or process of making something smaller or of becoming smaller
[count] medical : a movement of a muscle that causes it to become tight and that is sometimes painful
especially : a movement of muscles in the womb when a woman is giving birth to a child
[count] : a short form of a word or word group that is made by leaving out a sound or letter
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