Search Result for "contract":
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]
1. enter into a contractual arrangement;
[syn: contract, undertake]
2. engage by written agreement;
- Example: "They signed two new pitchers for the next season"
[syn: sign, contract, sign on, sign up]
3. squeeze or press together;
- Example: "she compressed her lips"
- Example: "the spasm contracted the muscle"
[syn: compress, constrict, squeeze, compact, contract, press]
4. be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness;
- Example: "He got AIDS"
- Example: "She came down with pneumonia"
- Example: "She took a chill"
[syn: contract, take, get]
5. become smaller or draw together;
- Example: "The fabric shrank"
- Example: "The balloon shrank"
[syn: shrink, contract]
6. make smaller;
- Example: "The heat contracted the woollen garment"
7. compress or concentrate;
- Example: "Congress condensed the three-year plan into a six-month plan"
[syn: condense, concentrate, contract]
8. make or become more narrow or restricted;
- Example: "The selection was narrowed"
- Example: "The road narrowed"
[syn: narrow, contract]
9. reduce in scope while retaining essential elements;
- Example: "The manuscript must be shortened"
[syn: abridge, foreshorten, abbreviate, shorten, cut, contract, reduce]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Contract \Con"tract\ (k[o^]n"tr[a^]kt), a. Contracted; as, a contract verb. --Goodwin. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Contract \Con*tract"\ (k[o^]n*tr[a^]kt"), a. [L. contractus, p. p.] Contracted; affianced; betrothed. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Contract \Con"tract\ (k[o^]n"tr[a^]kt), n. [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. [1913 Webster] 2. A formal writing which contains the agreement of parties, with the terms and conditions, and which serves as a proof of the obligation. [1913 Webster] 3. The act of formally betrothing a man and woman. [1913 Webster] This is the the night of the contract. --Longwellow. Syn: Covenant; agreement; compact; stipulation; bargain; arrangement; obligation. See Covenant. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Contract \Con*tract"\ (k[o^]n*tr[a^]kt"), v. t. [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, n.] 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. [1913 Webster] In all things desuetude doth contract and narrow our faculties. --Dr. H. More. [1913 Webster] 2. To draw together so as to wrinkle; to knit. [1913 Webster] Thou didst contract and purse thy brow. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. To bring on; to incur; to acquire; as, to contract a habit; to contract a debt; to contract a disease. [1913 Webster] Each from each contract new strength and light. --Pope. [1913 Webster] Such behavior we contract by having much conversed with persons of high station. --Swift. [1913 Webster] 4. To enter into, with mutual obligations; to make a bargain or covenant for. [1913 Webster] We have contracted an inviolable amity, peace, and lague with the aforesaid queen. --Hakluyt. [1913 Webster] Many persons . . . had contracted marriage within the degrees of consanguinity . . . prohibited by law. --Strype. [1913 Webster] 5. To betroth; to affiance. [1913 Webster] The truth is, she and I, long since contracted, Are now so sure, that nothing can dissolve us. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Contract \Con*tract"\ (k[o^]n*tr[a^]kt"), v. i. 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. [1913 Webster] Years contracting to a moment. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster] 2. To make an agreement; to covenant; to agree; to bargain; as, to contract for carrying the mail. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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