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snoun

(also sec)

's

uk   / -s/ /-z/ /-ɪz/  us   / -s/  /-z/  /-ɪz/
short form of is: It's in the ​cupboard.
short form of has: She's gone ​home.
informal short form of does (only used in ​spokenquestions): How's this thing ​work?
short form of us (only used after "​let"): Let's go ​swimming this ​afternoon.

-ssuffix

uk   / -s/ /-z/ /-ɪz/  us   / -s/  /-z/  /-ɪz/ (also -es)
used to ​form the ​plural of ​nouns: books sandwiches

-s'suffix

uk   / -s/ /-z/ /-ɪz/  us   / -s/  /-z/  /-ɪz/

-'ssuffix

uk   / -s/ /-z/ /-ɪz/  us   / -s/  /-z/  /-ɪz/
used to show that the ​following thing ​belongs to the ​person or thing ​named: the cat's ​tail Patricia's ​dress today's ​paper the children's ​shoes
the ​housebelonging to the ​statedperson: The ​boys are at Katy's.
UK the ​shopbelonging to the ​statedperson: I got it at the greengrocer's.

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(Definition of s from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"S" in American English

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Snoun [C]

(plural S’s, Ss, s’s or ss) (also s)  us   /es/
the 19th ​letter of the ​Englishalphabet

Sadjective [not gradable]

abbreviation forsmall Note: Used esp. on clothing to show its size.

S.adjective, noun [U]

(also So.)
abbreviation forsouth or ​southern
(Definition of S from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “s”
in Spanish S…
in Vietnamese chữ cái S…
in Malaysian S, s…
in Thai พยัญชนะตัวที่ 19 ในภาษาอังกฤษ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 秒…
in Indonesian S…
in Chinese (Traditional) 秒…
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