Contract

Definition of Contract

Con`tract´   Pronunciation: kǒn`trăkt´
v. t.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.
[imp. & p. p. Contracted; p. pr. & vb. n. Contracting.]
In all things desuetude doth contract and narrow our faculties.
- Dr. H. More.
2.To draw together so as to wrinkle; to knit.
Thou didst contract and purse thy brow.
- Shak.
3.To bring on; to incur; to acquire; as, to contract a habit; to contract a debt; to contract a disease.
Each from each contract new strength and light.
- Pope.
4.To enter into, with mutual obligations; to make a bargain or covenant for.
5.To betroth; to affiance.
6.(Gram.) To shorten by omitting a letter or letters or by reducing two or more vowels or syllables to one.
v. i.1.To be drawn together so as to be diminished in size or extent; to shrink; to be reduced in compass or in duration; as, iron contracts in cooling; a rope contracts when wet.
Years contracting to a moment.
- Wordsworth.
2.To make an agreement; to covenant; to agree; to bargain; as, to contract for carrying the mail.
a.1.Contracted; as, a contract verb.
1.Contracted; affianced; betrothed.
n.1.(Law) The agreement of two or more persons, upon a sufficient consideration or cause, to do, or to abstain from doing, some act; an agreement in which a party undertakes to do, or not to do, a particular thing; a formal bargain; a compact; an interchange of legal rights.
2.A formal writing which contains the agreement of parties, with the terms and conditions, and which serves as a proof of the obligation.
3.The act of formally betrothing a man and woman.
This is the the night of the contract.
- Longwellow.

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