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contract

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1 a formal agreement to fulfill an obligation

  • accused her of breaking their contract by not completing the decorating job on budget
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2 an arrangement about action to be taken

  • a contract outlining what needed to be done by each person
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contract

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1 to become affected with (a disease or disorder)

  • before vaccines were invented, people lived in fear of contracting polio
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2 to become smaller in size or volume through the drawing together of particles of matter

  • metal contracts at low temperatures
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3 to reduce in size or volume by or as if by pressing parts or members together

  • contract the calf muscles in your legs
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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
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come to terms, strike a bargain

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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


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