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con·trac·tion

contraction

 
pronunciation:
kn traek shn
part of speech: noun
inflections: contractions
definition 1: an act of contracting.
Muscle contractions can cause pain.
synonyms:
shortening, tightening
antonyms:
expansion, extension
similar words:
narrowing, reduction, shrinking, squeeze
definition 2: a shortened form of a word or words.
"Don't" is a contraction of "do not."
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