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Synonyms for contraction
kənˈtræk ʃəncon·trac·tion

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  1. contractionnoun

    dilatation, expansion

  2. contractionnoun

    dilatation, expansion

  3. contractionnoun

    The country's economic contraction was caused by high oil prices.

    expansion, dilatation

  4. contractionnoun

    dilatation, expansion

  5. contractionnoun

    expansion, dilatation

  6. contractionnoun

    expansion, dilatation

  7. contractionnoun

    The contraction of AIDS from toilet seats is extremely rare.

    dilatation, expansion

  8. contractionnoun

    dilatation, expansion

  9. contractionnoun

    Our contraction of debt in this quarter has reduced our ability to attract investors.

    dilatation, expansion

  10. contractionnoun

    expansion, dilatation

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. contraction

    An abbreviation is a shortening by any method; a contraction is a reduction of size by the drawing together of the parts. A contraction of a word is made by omitting certain letters or syllables and bringing together the first and last letters or elements; an abbreviation may be made either by omitting certain portions from the interior or by cutting off a part; a contraction is an abbreviation, but an abbreviation is not necessarily a contraction; rec't for receipt, mdse. for merchandise, and Dr. for debtor are contractions; they are also abbreviations; Am. for American is an abbreviation, but not a contraction. Abbreviation and contraction are used of words and phrases, abridgment of books, paragraphs, sentences, etc. Compare ABRIDGMENT.

    abbreviation, abridgment

Princeton's WordNet

  1. contraction, muscular contraction, muscle contractionnoun

    (physiology) a shortening or tensing of a part or organ (especially of a muscle or muscle fiber)

    muscular contraction, condensation, compression, muscle contraction

    enlargement, expansion

  2. compression, condensation, contractionnoun

    the process or result of becoming smaller or pressed together

    "the contraction of a gas on cooling"

    densification, abridgement, condensation, compressing, abridgment, compression, capsule, concretion, compaction, muscle contraction, condensate, muscular contraction, condensing

    enlargement, expansion

  3. contractionnoun

    a word formed from two or more words by omitting or combining some sounds

    "`won't' is a contraction of `will not'"; "`o'clock' is a contraction of `of the clock'"

    muscular contraction, condensation, compression, muscle contraction

    expansion, enlargement

  4. contractionnoun

    the act of decreasing (something) in size or volume or quantity or scope

    muscular contraction, condensation, compression, muscle contraction

    expansion, enlargement

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. contractionnoun

    shrinking, shrivelling, corrugation, drawing together

  2. contractionnoun

    reduction, shortening, diminution, lessening, abridgment, abbreviation

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. contractionnoun

    astriction, constriction, stricture, syncopation, condensation

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How to use contraction in a sentence?

  1. Alfredo Coutino:

    The contraction of the Mexican economy during the epidemic is much bigger than that of other recent crises.

  2. James Butterfill:

    We expect miners to continue to cut capex, which raises concerns over their longer term profitability, that's why we think we're nearing the floor in copper... as the cuts in capex will lead to a constriction on supply. Markets have also priced in a big contraction in Chinese consumption, which the data is not supporting.

  3. Jim Baird:

    The damage caused by any recession tends to be rapid, while the healing process often takes years, the unprecedented speed and magnitude of this contraction is being followed by an exceptionally rapid restart, but one that is not surprisingly already showing clear signs of slowing. That should be expected to continue.

  4. Gavin Parry:

    Confidence in the U.S. economy is just as important as geopolitical risk when it comes to thinking about risk aversion, and Wal-Mart's slide is significant in that it doesn't bode well for consumer spending in the U.S., it's effect on risk appetite may have been amplified by the fact that U.S. CPI figures due ahead of the weekend are expected by some to show contraction.

  5. Ruben Pinero:

    Our main concern is that it would cause an enormous contraction in the economy, which is already extremely fragile.

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