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contract

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of contract

  1. 1 a formal agreement to fulfill an obligation <accused her of breaking their contract by not completing the decorating job on budget> Synonyms bond, guarantee, covenant, deal, guaranty, surety, warrantyRelated Words oath, pledge, troth, vow, word; accord, bargain, compact, concordat, convention, pact, treaty; assurance, insurance, seal; bail, deposit, pawn, security

  2. 2 an arrangement about action to be taken <a contract outlining what needed to be done by each person> Synonyms accord, bargain, compact, agreement, convention, covenant, deal, disposition, pact, settlement, understandingRelated Words charter, treaty; binder, pledge, promise; alliance, association, entente, entente cordiale, league, partnership; acceptance, approval, assent, concurrence, consent, OK (or okay)




contract

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of contract

  1. 1 to become affected with (a disease or disorder) <before vaccines were invented, people lived in fear of contracting polio> Synonyms catch, come down (with), get, go down (with) [chiefly British], sicken (with), take Related Words break out (with); die (from), succumb (to); fail, languish, sink, waste (away), weaken, wilt, wither, worsen Near Antonyms come back, gain, heal, mend, recoup, recover, recuperate, snap back; rally, rebound, recover (from), shake (off)

  2. 2 to become smaller in size or volume through the drawing together of particles of matter <metal contracts at low temperatures> Synonyms compress, condense, constrict, shrink Related Words collapse, deflate, flatten; dry up, shrivel, wilt, wither; abate, decrease, diminish, dwindle, lessen; recede, retreat, withdraw Near Antonyms accumulate, grow, increase; balloon, inflate, puff (up) Antonyms balloon, expand, snowball, swell

  3. 3 to reduce in size or volume by or as if by pressing parts or members together <contract the calf muscles in your legs> Synonyms capsule, capsulize, collapse, compact, condense, constrict, constringe, compress, narrow (down), squeeze, telescopeRelated Words cram, crowd, jam, jam-pack, pack; abbreviate, abridge, curtail, shorten; boil down, downsize, shrink; concentrate, consolidate; simplify, streamline; decrease, diminish, lessenNear Antonyms dilate, disperse, dissipate, scatter; distend, inflate, swellAntonyms decompress, expand, open, outspread, outstretch

  4. 4 to come to an arrangement as to a course of action <the farmer contracted for delivery of the hay by the first of July> Synonyms bargain, agree, covenantRelated Words come around, come round; subscribe, underwrite; arrange, settleNear Antonyms differ, dissent; cancel, renege, revoke; argue, contest, dispute, objectAntonyms disagree





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