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?


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

  • 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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