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[iz-uh nt] /ˈɪz ənt/
contraction of is not.
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Pronunciation note
Isn't is often pronounced
[id-nt] /ˈɪd nt/ (Show IPA)
in the South Midland and Southern U.S., with
[d] /d/
a stop consonant, substituting for
[z] /z/
a sibilant. This substitution results from an assimilatory process in which the tip of the tongue, in anticipation of the articulatory position for the following
[n] /n/
touches the upper alveolar ridge. This same process gives
[wuhd-nt] /ˈwʌd nt/
for wasn't and
[bid-nis] /ˈbɪd nɪs/
for business. These pronunciations are heard from speakers on all social levels. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for isn't
  • Print is a proper vehicle for the latter, but it isn't for the former.
  • Well, but he isn't sent to school for that-at any rate, not for that mainly.
  • It isn't becoming to you, really-except as an obvious pose.
  • Even though polystyrene forks are not biodegradable, keeping and reusing them isn't a great idea.
  • Sometimes the best defense isn't a good offense-it's a good diet.
  • Freezing organs isn't an option, as the cells dehydrate.
  • Elephant ears radiate heat to help keep these large animals cool, but sometimes that isn't enough.
  • If there isn't enough of the gas, temperatures go down.
  • Mutation isn't the only adverse effect of the radiation.
  • Making sense of the brain's mind-boggling complexity isn't easy.
British Dictionary definitions for isn't


is not
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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