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contract

con·tract

contract

 
 
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
pronunciation: kan traekt
definition 1: an agreement that is supported by the law.
Marriage is a contract.
synonyms:
compact
similar words:
alliance, arrangement, bargain, charter, convention, deal, pact, settlement, treaty, understanding
definition 2: the piece of paper or document that shows this agreement.
Sign your name at the bottom of the contract.
synonyms:
deed
similar words:
document, lease, papers, treaty
 
part of speech: verb
pronunciation: kn traekt
inflections: contracted, contracting, contracts
definition 1: to make smaller by drawing together; shrink or make tighter.
The earthworm contracted its body when I touched it.
synonyms:
constrict
antonyms:
expand
similar words:
compress, condense, diminish, flex, narrow, reduce, shorten, shrivel, squeeze, tighten
definition 2: to get or acquire.
I contracted a cold from my friend.
synonyms:
acquire
similar words:
assume, catch, get
definition 3: to become smaller; shrink.
Ice contracts as it melts.
synonyms:
shrink, tighten
antonyms:
expand, swell
similar words:
cramp, draw together, dwindle, flex, narrow, shorten
definition 4: to make a formal agreement or contract.
She contracted for a garage to be built.
similar words:
agree on, arrange, negotiate, pledge, promise
derivations: contracted (adj.), contractible (adj.), contractibility (n.)
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