's

1

an ending used in writing to represent the possessive morpheme after most singular nouns, some plural nouns, especially those not ending in a letter or combination of letters representing an s or z sound, noun phrases, and noun substitutes, as in man's, women's, baby's, James's, witness's, (or witness'), king of England's, or anyone's.

Origin of 's

1
Middle English -es, Old English

Definition for 's (2 of 5)

's2

contraction of is: She's here.
contraction of does: What's he do for a living now?
contraction of has: He's just gone.

usage note for 's

Definition for 's (3 of 5)

's3

Archaic.

a contraction of God's, as in 'swounds; 'sdeath; 'sblood.

Definition for 's (4 of 5)

's4

a contraction of us, as in Let's go.

usage note for 's

Definition for 's (5 of 5)

's5

a contraction of as, as in so's to get there on time.
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