|1.||[ noun ] (law,writing) a binding agreement between two or more persons that is enforceable by law|
|Related terms:||written_agreement policy marriage_contract concession lease indenture sale_in_gross merger_agreement bilateral_contract severable_contract conditional_contract aleatory_contract cost-plus_contract gambling_contract output_contract quasi_contract purchase_contract charter requirements_contract sealed_instrument service_contract labor_contract subcontract partnership articles_of_agreement licensing_agreement distribution_agreement employment_contract adhesion_contract fine_print boilerplate reserve_clause arbitration_clause loophole handshake terminated subscribed unbroken broken renegociate sign|
|2.||[ verb ] enter into a contractual arrangement|
|Related terms:||promise sign stipulate rent rent covenant stipulate|
|3.||[ verb ] (work) engage by written agreement|
|Synonyms:||sign sign_up sign_on fee|
"They signed two new pitchers for the next season"
|Related terms:||hire contract_out|
|4.||[ verb ] be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness|
"He got AIDS" "She came down with pneumonia" "She took a chill"
|Related terms:||sicken catch catch|
|5.||[ noun ] (bridge) the highest bid becomes the contract setting the number of tricks that the bidder must make|
|Related terms:||bid bridge|
|6.||[ verb ] squeeze or press together|
|Synonyms:||press compress constrict compact squeeze|
"she compressed her lips" "the spasm contracted the muscle"
|Related terms:||tighten choke choke choke prim convulse strangulate convulse astringe bear_down press contractile_organ compression contracture constriction compressor compression|
|7.||[ verb ] become smaller or draw together|
"The fabric shrank" "The balloon shrank"
|Related terms:||expand stretch decrease flex contraction|
|8.||[ verb ] make smaller|
"The garment contracted in the dryer" "The heat contracted the woollen garment"
|Related terms:||shrink purse contraction|
|9.||[ verb ] compress or concentrate|
"Congress condensed the three-year plan into a six-month plan"
|Related terms:||change condense contraction|
|10.||[ verb ] make or become more narrow or restricted|
"The selection was narrowed" "The road narrowed"
|Related terms:||widen change bottleneck taper_off specialize pin_down contraction|
|11.||[ verb ] reduce in scope while retaining essential elements|
|Synonyms:||shorten foreshorten abridge cut reduce abbreviate|
"The manuscript must be shortened"
|Related terms:||elaborate decrease condense bowdlerize cut condensation contraction abridger|
|12.||[ noun ] (bridge,cards,games) a variety of bridge in which the bidder receives points toward game only for the number of tricks he bid|