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"contraction" in British English

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contractionnoun [U]

uk   /kənˈtræk.ʃən/ us   /kənˈtræk.ʃən/
  • contraction noun [U] (WORD)

[C] a short form of a word or combination of words that is often used instead of the full form in spoken English: "Won't" is a contraction of "will not".
(Definition of contraction from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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contractionnoun [C/U]

us   /kənˈtræk·ʃən/
a reduction in size or amount: [C] an economic contraction [U] Heat differences cause rapid expansion and contraction of the gas.
A contraction is a shortening of a muscle intentionally, or a sudden, unexpected, and often painful shortening of a muscle: [C] voluntary/involuntary contractions [U] Contraction of the muscle raises your arm. [C] Researchers think olive oil may slow stomach contractions.
grammar A contraction is also a shortened form of a word or combination of words: [C] “Can’t” is a contraction of “cannot.”
(Definition of contraction from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"contraction" in Business English

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contractionnoun [C or U]

uk   /kənˈtrækʃən/ us   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 from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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