Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “contraction”


noun [C or U]     /kənˈtrækʃən/ ECONOMICS
a situation in which less money is being earned, spent, or invested in a market or economy: Michigan's economy experienced a contraction last year.(a) contraction in sth A sharp contraction in the labour market is predicted.
(Definition of contraction noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of contraction

Definitions of “contraction” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


an ability to do things in the stated, especially positive, way

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More