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English definition of “contraction”

contraction

noun
 
 
/kənˈtrækʃən/
MUSCLE [C] a strong, painful movement of the muscles that a woman has when she is having a baby: She was having contractions every ten minutes.BirthPregnancy
WORD [C] a short form of a word or group of words: 'Won't' is a contraction of 'will not'.Morphology and parts of words
REDUCTION [U] an action in which something becomes smaller or shorterBecoming and making smaller or lessBecoming and making less strong
(Definition of contraction from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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