Thesaurus

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 of contract bond, guarantee, covenant, deal, guaranty, surety, warrantyWords Related to contract 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 of contract accord, bargain, compact, agreement, convention, covenant, deal, disposition, pact, settlement, understandingWords Related to contract 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 of contract catch, come down (with), get, go down (with) [chiefly British], sicken (with), take Words Related to contract break out (with); die (from), succumb (to); fail, languish, sink, waste (away), weaken, wilt, wither, worsen Near Antonyms of contract 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 of contract compress, condense, constrict, shrink Words Related to contract collapse, deflate, flatten; dry up, shrivel, wilt, wither; abate, decrease, diminish, dwindle, lessen; recede, retreat, withdraw Near Antonyms of contract accumulate, grow, increase; balloon, inflate, puff (up) Antonyms of contract 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 of contract capsule, capsulize, collapse, compact, condense, constrict, constringe, compress, narrow (down), squeeze, telescopeWords Related to contract cram, crowd, jam, jam-pack, pack; abbreviate, abridge, curtail, shorten; boil down, downsize, shrink; concentrate, consolidate; simplify, streamline; decrease, diminish, lessenNear Antonyms of contract dilate, disperse, dissipate, scatter; distend, inflate, swellAntonyms of contract 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 of contract bargain, agree, covenantWords Related to contract come around, come round; subscribe, underwrite; arrange, settleNear Antonyms of contract differ, dissent; cancel, renege, revoke; argue, contest, dispute, objectAntonyms of contract disagree

Synonym Discussion of contract

contract, shrink, condense, compress, constrict, deflate mean to decrease in bulk or volume. contract applies to a drawing together of surfaces or particles or a reduction of area or length.
    • caused her muscles to contract
shrink implies a contracting or a loss of material and stresses a falling short of original dimensions.
    • the sweater will shrink when washed
condense implies a reducing of something homogeneous to greater compactness without significant loss of content.
    • condense the essay into a paragraph
compress implies a pressing into a small compass and definite shape usually against resistance.
    • compressed cotton into bales
constrict implies a tightening that reduces diameter.
    • the throat is constricted by a tight collar
deflate implies a contracting by reducing the internal pressure of contained air or gas.
    • deflate the balloon


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up contract? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!