Con·tract v. t. [imp. & p. p. Contracted; p. pr. & vb. n. Contracting.]
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.
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.
Such behavior we contract by having much conversed with persons of high station. --Swift.
4. To enter into, with mutual obligations; to make a bargain or covenant for.
We have contracted an inviolable amity, peace, and lague with the aforesaid queen. --Hakluyt.
Many persons . . . had contracted marriage within the degrees of consanguinity . . . prohibited by law. --Strype.
5. To betroth; to affiance.
The truth is, she and I, long since contracted,
Are now so sure, that nothing can dissolve us. --Shak.
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.
1. Drawn together; shrunken; wrinkled; narrow; as, a contracted brow; a contracted noun.
2. Narrow; illiberal; selfish; as, a contracted mind; contracted views.
3. Bargained for; betrothed; as, a contracted peace.
Inquire me out contracted bachelors. --Shak.
adj : reduced in size or pulled together; "the contracted pupils
of her eyes" [ant: expanded]