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The loss of one or more sounds from the end of a word, as in Modern English sing from Middle English singen.
[Late Latin, from Greek apokopē, from apokoptein, to cut off : apo-, apo- + koptein, to cut.]
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(Phonetics & Phonology) omission of the final sound or sounds of a word
[C16: via Late Latin from Greek apokopē, from apokoptein to cut off]
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the loss or omission of one or more letters or sounds at the end of a word.
[1585–95; < Late Latin < Greek apokopḗ, <apokóptein to cut off =apo- apo- + kóptein to cut]
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excision or amputation.See also: Surgery
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