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contract

adjective (a)

  • Contracted; as, a contract verb. (adjective)
    source: webster1913
  • Contracted; affianced; betrothed. (adjective)
    source: webster1913

noun (n)

  • a binding agreement between two or more persons that is enforceable by law (noun.communication)
    source: wordnet30
  • (contract bridge) the highest bid becomes the contract setting the number of tricks that the bidder must make (noun.communication)
    Synonym: declaration
    source: wordnet30
  • a variety of bridge in which the bidder receives points toward game only for the number of tricks he bid (noun.act)
    Synonym: contract bridge
    source: wordnet30
  • The agreement of two or more persons, upon a sufficient consideration or cause, to do, or to abstain from doing, some act; an agreement in which a party undertakes to do, or not to do, a particular thing; a formal bargain; a compact; an interchange of legal rights. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • enter into a contractual arrangement (verb.communication)
    Synonym: undertake
    source: wordnet30
  • engage by written agreement (verb.social)
    Synonym: sign, sign on, sign up
    source: wordnet30
  • squeeze or press together (verb.contact)
    Example:
    The spasm contracted the muscle.
    source: wordnet30
  • be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness (verb.body)
    Synonym: get, take
    source: wordnet30
  • become smaller or draw together (verb.change)
    Synonym: shrink
    Antonym: expand, spread out
    source: wordnet30
  • make smaller (verb.contact)
    Example:
    The heat contracted the woollen garment.
    source: wordnet30
  • compress or concentrate (verb.change)
    source: wordnet30
  • make or become more narrow or restricted (verb.change)
    Synonym: narrow
    Antonym: widen
    source: wordnet30
  • reduce in scope while retaining essential elements (verb.change)
    source: wordnet30
  • To draw together or nearer; to reduce to a less compass; to shorten, narrow, or lessen; as, to contract one's sphere of action. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To be drawn together so as to be diminished in size or extent; to shrink; to be reduced in compass or in duration; as, iron contracts in cooling; a rope contracts when wet. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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