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contract

6 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Contract \Con"tract\ (k[o^]n"tr[a^]kt), adjective Contracted; as, a contract verb. --Goodwin.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Contract \Con*tract"\ (k[o^]n*tr[a^]kt"), adjective [L. contractus, p. p.] Contracted; affianced; betrothed. [Obs.] --Shak.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Contract \Con"tract\ (k[o^]n"tr[a^]kt), noun [L. contractus, fr. contrahere: cf. F. contrat, formerly also contract.]

1. (Law) 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}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Contract \Con*tract"\ (k[o^]n*tr[a^]kt"), verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Contracted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Contracting}.] [L. contractus, p. p. of contrahere to contract; con- + trahere to draw: cf. F. contracter. See {Trace}, and cf. {Contract}, noun]

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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Contract \Con*tract"\ (k[o^]n*tr[a^]kt"), verb (used without an object)

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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

contract

noun

1: a binding agreement between two or more persons that is enforceable by law

2: (contract bridge) the highest bid becomes the contract setting the number of tricks that the bidder must make [syn: {contract}, {declaration}]

3: a variety of bridge in which the bidder receives points toward game only for the number of tricks he bid [syn: {contract}, {contract bridge}]

verb

1: enter into a contractual arrangement [syn: {contract}, {undertake}]

2: engage by written agreement; "They signed two new pitchers for the next season" [syn: {sign}, {contract}, {sign on}, {sign up}]

3: squeeze or press together; "she compressed her lips"; "the spasm contracted the muscle" [syn: {compress}, {constrict}, {squeeze}, {compact}, {contract}, {press}]

4: be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness; "He got AIDS"; "She came down with pneumonia"; "She took a chill" [syn: {contract}, {take}, {get}]

5: become smaller or draw together; "The fabric shrank"; "The balloon shrank" [syn: {shrink}, {contract}] [ant: {expand}, {spread out}, {stretch}]

6: make smaller; "The heat contracted the woollen garment"

7: compress or concentrate; "Congress condensed the three-year plan into a six-month plan" [syn: {condense}, {concentrate}, {contract}]

8: make or become more narrow or restricted; "The selection was narrowed"; "The road narrowed" [syn: {narrow}, {contract}] [ant: {widen}]

9: reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The manuscript must be shortened" [syn: {abridge}, {foreshorten}, {abbreviate}, {shorten}, {cut}, {contract}, {reduce}] [ant: {dilate}, {elaborate}, {enlarge}, {expand}, {expatiate}, {exposit}, {expound}, {flesh out}, {lucubrate}]

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