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is·n't

 (ĭz′ənt)
Contraction of is not.
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isn't

(ˈɪzənt)
contraction of
(Grammar) is not
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isn't

(ˈɪz ənt)
contraction of is not.
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Translations

be

(biː) present tense am (am) are (aː) , is (iz) : past tense was (woz) , were (wəː) : present participle ˈbeing: past participle been (biːn, (American) bin) : subjunctive were (wəː) : short forms I'm (aim) (I am), you're (juə) (you are), he's (hiːz) (he is), she's (ʃiːz) (she is), it's (its) (it is), we're (wiə) (we are), they're (θeə) (they are): negative short forms isn't (ˈiznt) (is not), aren't (aːnt) (are not), wasn't (ˈwoznt) (was not), weren't (wəːnt) (were not) – verb
1. used with a present participle to form the progressive or continuous tenses. I'm reading; I am being followed; What were you saying?.
2. used with a present participle to form a type of future tense. I'm going to London.
3. used with a past participle to form the passive voice. He was shot.
4. used with an infinitive to express several ideas, eg necessity (When am I to leave?), purpose (The letter is to tell us he's coming), a possible future happening (If he were to lose, I'd win) etc.
5. used in giving or asking for information about something or someone. I am Mr Smith; Is he alive?; She wants to be an actress; The money will be ours; They are being silly.
ˈbeing noun
1. existence. When did the Roman Empire come into being?
2. any living person or thing. beings from outer space.
the be-all and end-all
the final aim apart from which nothing is of any real importance. This job isn't the be-all and end-all of existence.
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References in classic literature ?
And I've never had a pretty dress in my life that I can remember--but of course it's all the more to look forward to, isn't it?
"You appear to be talking to somebody--that isn't here," the Professor said, turning round to the children.
I only wanted to show that it isn't the least what we expected.
There is plenty for everyone, you know; only, if it isn't just where you happen to be, you must go where it is."
"Though that isn't saying such a machine couldn't be invented."
"Isn't it wonderful?" breathed the Story Girl as we went down the long hill.
"This isn't my show," he said, "and, you understand, I am giving the views of Mr.
"The silence here is like a prayer, isn't it?" said Anne, her face upturned to the shining sky.
"I'm in a hurry to get this done, and there isn't any time to lose."
I think," she said, timidly, "that Mammy isn't well.
"Our dear old lady friend Thomson isn't here to worry so I think we can make you free of the ship.
"Isn't it, though?" returned the Hungry Tiger, licking his lips with his long red tongue.