con·tract /kənˈtrækt , ˈkɑnˌtrækt/ 及物動詞
Con·tract 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.
Con·tract a. Contracted; as, a contract verb.
Con·tract a. Contracted; affianced; betrothed. [Obs.]
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.
Syn: -- Covenant; agreement; compact; stipulation; bargain; arrangement; obligation. See Covenant.
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.
n 1: a binding agreement between two or more persons that is
enforceable by law
2: (contract bridge) the highest bid becomes the contract
setting the number of tricks that the bidder must make
3: a variety of bridge in which the bidder receives points
toward game only for the number of tricks he bid [syn: contract
v 1: enter into a contractual arrangement [syn: undertake]
2: engage by written agreement; "They signed two new pitchers
for the next season" [syn: sign, sign on, sign up]
3: squeeze or press together; "she compressed her lips"; "the
spasm contracted the muscle" [syn: compress, constrict,
squeeze, compact, press]
4: become smaller or draw together; "The fabric shrank"; "The
balloon shrank" [syn: shrink] [ant: expand, stretch]
5: be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness; "He
got AIDS"; "She came down with pneumonia"; "She took a
chill" [syn: take, get]
6: make smaller; "The heat contracted the woollen garment"
7: compress or concentrate; "Congress condensed the three-year
plan into a six-month plan" [syn: condense, concentrate]
8: make or become more narrow or restricted; "The selection was
narrowed"; "The road narrowed" [syn: narrow] [ant: widen]
9: reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The
manuscript must be shortened" [syn: abridge, foreshorten,
abbreviate, shorten, cut, reduce] [ant: elaborate]