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Meaning of word contract from English dictionary with examples, synonyms and antonyms.

contract (noun)

Meaning : A binding agreement between two or more persons that is enforceable by law.

Meaning : (contract bridge) the highest bid becomes the contract setting the number of tricks that the bidder must make.

Synonyms : declaration

Meaning : A variety of bridge in which the bidder receives points toward game only for the number of tricks he bid.

Synonyms : contract bridge

contract (verb)

Meaning : Enter into a contractual arrangement.

Synonyms : undertake

Meaning : Engage by written agreement.

Example : They signed two new pitchers for the next season.

Synonyms : sign, sign on, sign up

Meaning : Squeeze or press together.

Example : She compressed her lips.
The spasm contracted the muscle.

Synonyms : compact, compress, constrict, press, squeeze

Meaning : Be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness.

Example : He got AIDS.
She came down with pneumonia.
She took a chill.

Synonyms : get, take

Meaning : Become smaller or draw together.

Example : The fabric shrank.
The balloon shrank.

Synonyms : shrink

Meaning : Make smaller.

Example : The heat contracted the woollen garment.

Meaning : Compress or concentrate.

Example : Congress condensed the three-year plan into a six-month plan.

Synonyms : concentrate, condense

Meaning : Make or become more narrow or restricted.

Example : The selection was narrowed.
The road narrowed.

Synonyms : narrow

Meaning : Reduce in scope while retaining essential elements.

Example : The manuscript must be shortened.

Synonyms : abbreviate, abridge, cut, foreshorten, reduce, shorten