|—vb (when intr, |
|1.||to make or become smaller, narrower, shorter, etc: metals contract as the temperature is reduced|
|2.||to enter into an agreement with (a person, company, etc) to deliver (goods or services) or to do (something) on mutually agreed and binding terms, often in writing|
|3.||to draw or be drawn together; coalesce or cause to coalesce|
|4.||(tr) to acquire, incur, or become affected by (a disease, liability, debt, etc)|
|5.||(tr) to shorten (a word or phrase) by the omission of letters or syllables, usually indicated in writing by an apostrophe|
|6.||phonetics to unite (two vowels) or (of two vowels) to be united within a word or at a word boundary so that a new long vowel or diphthong is formed|
|7.||(tr) to wrinkle or draw together (the brow or a muscle)|
|8.||(tr) to arrange (a marriage) for; betroth|
|9.||a formal agreement between two or more parties|
|10.||a document that states the terms of such an agreement|
|11.||the branch of law treating of contracts|
|12.||marriage considered as a formal agreement|
|13.||See contract bridge|
|a. (in the bidding sequence before play) the highest bid, which determines trumps and the number of tricks one side must try to make|
|b. the number and suit of these tricks|
|a. a criminal agreement to kill a particular person in return for an agreed sum of money|
|b. (as modifier): a contract killing|
|[C16: from Latin contractus agreement, something drawn up, from contrahere to draw together, from trahere to draw]|
contract con·tract (kən-trākt', kŏn'trākt')
v. con·tract·ed, con·tract·ing, con·tracts
To reduce in size by drawing together.
To become reduced in size by or as if by being drawn together, as the pupil of the eye.
To acquire or incur by contagion or infection.
A legally binding agreement between two or more parties.