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. 2000.

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  • Contracted — Con*tract ed (k[o^]n*tr[a^]kt [e^]d), a. 1. Drawn together; shrunken; wrinkled; narrow; as, a contracted brow; a contracted noun. [1913 Webster] 2. Narrow; illiberal; selfish; as, a contracted mind; contracted views. [1913 Webster] 3. Bargained… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • contracted — index agreed (promised), brief, compact (dense), compact (pithy), concise, indentured …   Law dictionary

  • contracted — c.1600, agreed upon, also shrunken, shortened, pp. adj. from CONTRACT (Cf. contract) …   Etymology dictionary

  • contracted — contractedly, adv. contractedness, n. /keuhn trak tid/, adj. 1. drawn together; reduced in compass or size; made smaller; shrunken. 2. condensed; abridged. 3. (of the mind, outlook, etc.) narrow or illiberal; restricted: a contracted view of… …   Universalium

  • contracted — adjective reduced in size or pulled together the contracted pupils of her eyes • Ant: ↑expanded • Similar to: ↑contractile …   Useful english dictionary

  • contracted — См. contratto …   Пятиязычный словарь лингвистических терминов

  • contracted — adjective a) Arranged by contract; established by agreement. b) Made smaller by contraction …   Wiktionary

  • contracted — Synonyms and related words: Spartan, abated, abbreviated, ablated, abridged, affianced, agreed, aposiopestic, arranged, assured, attenuated, bated, belittled, betrothed, blank, blind, blind alley, bound, brief, brusque, cecal, choked, choked off …   Moby Thesaurus

  • contracted — con·tract·ed || kÉ™n træktɪd adj. made smaller in size or pulled together; shrunken; abridged; narrow; restricted con·tract || kÉ’ntrækt n. agreement, pact, covenant; (Slang) arrangement with a hired assassin to kill a person v. create a… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • contracted —   Narrowed, reduced in size, or pulled together, e.g. the leaflet bases of Macrozamia pauli guilielmi and many other cycad species …   Expanded glossary of Cycad terms

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