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's

verb \same as -'s\

Definition of 's

  1. 1a :  is she's hereb :  was when's the last time you ate?

  2. 2 :  has he's seen them

  3. 3 :  does what's he want?

Origin and Etymology of 's

contraction of is, has, does


First Known Use: 1584


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's

pronoun \s\

Definition of 's

  1. :  us —used with let let's

Origin and Etymology 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 and Etymology 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 English Language Learners

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's

verb \same as -'s\

Definition of 's for English Language Learners

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


-'S Defined for Kids

-'s

noun suffix or pronoun suffix

Definition of -'s for Students

  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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