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apostrophenoun [C]

 us   /əˈpɑs·trə·fi/
grammar a ​mark (’) used in writing to show that a ​letter or a ​number has been ​omitted, or before or after s to show ​possession
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"apostrophe" in British English

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apostrophenoun [C]

uk   /əˈpɒs.trə.fi/  us   /-ˈpɑː.strə-/
B2 the ​symbol ’ used in writing to show when a ​letter or a ​number has been ​left out, as in I'm (= I am) or '85 (= 1985), or that is used before or after s to show ​possession, as in Helen's ​house or babies' ​hands: "It's" with an apostrophe ​means "it is" or "it has". sometimes used before s to show the ​plural of a ​number or a ​letter: There are two p's in "​supper".

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