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's

verb \same as -'s\

Simple Definition of 's

  • —used as a contraction of is, was, has, and does

Full Definition of 's

  1. 1a :  is <she's here>b :  was <when's the last time you ate?>

  2. 2 :  has <he's seen them>

  3. 3 :  does <what's he want?>

Origin of 's

contraction of is, has, does


First Known Use: 1584


2

's

pronoun \s\

Definition of 's

  1. :  us —used with let <let's>



Origin of 's

by contraction


First Known Use: 1588


-'s

noun suffix or pronoun suffix \s after voiceless consonants other than s, sh, ch; z after vowels and voiced consonants other than z, zh, j; əz after s, sh, ch, z, zh, j\

Definition of -'s

  1. —used to form the possessive of singular nouns <boy's>, of plural nouns not ending in s <children's>, of some pronouns <anyone's>, and of word groups functioning as nouns <the man in the corner's hat> or pronouns <someone else's>



Origin of -'s

Middle English -es, -s, genitive singular ending, from Old English -es; akin to Old High German -es, genitive singular ending, Greek -oio, -ou, Sanskrit -asya


-'S Defined for Kids

-'s

noun suffix or pronoun suffix

Definition of -'s

  1. —used to form the possessive of singular nouns <elephant's>, of plural nouns not ending in s <children's>, and of some pronouns <anyone's>




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