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It just doesn't make sense. "Define" has a long vowel and "definition" has short. Isn't "definition" the noun form of "define"? Shouldn't both have the same vowels? Why are both pronounced differently? Can someone explain it please?

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Probably because "define" ends with a silent e but "definition" does not.

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  • Nah, it's not because of the so-called 'silent e' (cf. 'south' which doesn't have a silent e).
    – Void
    Feb 5 at 13:42
  • @Void Oops. If so, I don't know XD. Should I delete my answer? Feb 5 at 13:43
  • Up to you.. But I think it's reasonable to say that 'define - definition' is because of the silent e :)
    – Void
    Feb 5 at 13:44
  • @Void So is my answer (at least partially) correct? Feb 5 at 13:46
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    I'd say so......
    – Void
    Feb 5 at 13:46

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