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contraction

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contraction/kənˈtrækʃən/noun
pluralcontractions
contraction
/kənˈtrækʃən/
noun
pluralcontractions
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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