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contract
WordNet 2.0
  • a variety of bridge in which the bidder receives points toward game only for the number of tricks he bid
  • a binding agreement between two or more persons that is enforceable by law
  • (contract bridge) the highest bid becomes the contract setting the number of tricks that the bidder must make
  • be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness
  • "He got AIDS"
  • "She came down with pneumonia"
  • "She took a chill"
  • become smaller or draw together
  • "The fabric shrank"
  • "The balloon shrank"
  • reduce in scope while retaining essential elements
  • "The manuscript must be shortened"
  • make or become more narrow or restricted
  • "The selection was narrowed"
  • "The road narrowed"
  • compress or concentrate
  • "Congress condensed the three-year plan into a six-month plan"
  • enter into a contractual arrangement
  • make smaller
  • "The heat contracted the woollen garment"
  • squeeze or press together
  • "she compressed her lips"
  • "the spasm contracted the muscle"
  • engage by written agreement
  • "They signed two new pitchers for the next season"
contract
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. To draw together or nearer; to reduce to a less compass; to shorten, narrow, or lessen; as, to contract one's sphere of action.

    "In all things desuetude doth contract and narrow our faculties. Dr. H. More." --

    2. To draw together so as to wrinkle; to knit.

    "Thou didst contract and purse thy brow. Shak." --

    3. To bring on; to incur; to acquire; as, to contract a habit; to contract a debt; to contract a disease.

    "Each from each contract new strength and light. Pope." --

    "Such behavior we contract by having much conversed with persons of high station. Swift." --

    4. To enter into, with mutual obligations; to make a bargain or covenant for.

    "We have contracted an inviolable amity, peace, and lague with the aforesaid queen. Hakluyt." --

    "Many persons . . . had contracted marriage within the degrees of consanguinity . . . prohibited by law. Strype." --

    5. To betroth; to affiance.

    "The truth is, she and I, long since contracted, Are now so sure, that nothing can dissolve us. Shak." --

    6. (Gram.) To shorten by omitting a letter or letters or by reducing two or more vowels or syllables to one.

    Syn. -- To shorten; abridge; epitomize; narrow; lessen; condense; reduce; confine; incur; assume.

  • 1. 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.

    "Years contracting to a moment. Wordsworth." --

    2. To make an agreement; to covenant; to agree; to bargain; as, to contract for carrying the mail.

  • 1. Contracted; as, a contract verb. Goodwin.

  • 1. Contracted; affianced; betrothed. [Obs.] Shak.

  • 1. 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. Wharton.

    2. A formal writing which contains the agreement of parties, with the terms and conditions, and which serves as a proof of the obligation.

    3. The act of formally betrothing a man and woman.

    "This is the the night of the contract. Longwellow." --

    Syn. -- Covenant; agreement; compact; stipulation; bargain; arrangement; obligation. See Covenant.

 

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