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
Synonyms: undertake
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
Synonyms: get take

"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
Synonyms: declaration
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
Synonyms: shrink

"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
Synonyms: concentrate condense

"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
Synonyms: narrow

"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
Synonyms: contract_bridge
Related terms: bridge
Similar spelling:   contracted