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English noun: contract

1. contract (communication) a binding agreement between two or more persons that is enforceable by law


Broader (hypernym)written agreement


Narrower (hyponym)acquisition agreement, adhesion contract, aleatory contract, articles of agreement, bilateral contract, charter, collective agreement, concession, conditional contract, contract of adhesion, contract of hazard, contract under seal, cost-plus contract, distribution agreement, employment agreement, employment contract, gambling contract, grant, indenture, insurance, insurance policy, labor agreement, labor contract, lease, licensing agreement, marriage contract, marriage settlement, merger agreement, output contract, partnership, policy, purchase agreement, purchase contract, quasi contract, requirements contract, sale in gross, sealed instrument, service contract, severable contract, shipping articles, special contract, subcontract


Part holonymarbitration clause, boilerplate, fine print, reserve clause, small print


Domain category membersarticle, broken, clause, contract, declaration, handclasp, handshake, handshaking, kept, loophole, renegociate, renegotiate, shake, subscribed, terminated, unbroken, unkept

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


Synonymsdeclaration


Broader (hypernym)bid, bidding


Part meronymbridge


Domain categorycontract

3. contract (act) a variety of bridge in which the bidder receives points toward game only for the number of tricks he bid


Synonymscontract bridge


Broader (hypernym)bridge


Narrower (hyponym)no-trump


English verb: contract

1. contract (communication) enter into a contractual arrangement


ExamplesThey contract to move


Synonymsundertake


Pattern of useSomebody ----s to INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)assure, promise


Narrower (hyponym)charter, condition, hire, lease, lease, qualify, rent, rent, sign, specify, stipulate, stipulate

2. contract (social) engage by written agreement


SamplesThey signed two new pitchers for the next season.


Synonymssign, sign on, sign up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)employ, engage, hire


Narrower (hyponym)contract out

3. contract (contact) squeeze or press together


SamplesShe compressed her lips.
The spasm contracted the muscle.


Synonymscompact, compress, constrict, press, squeeze


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)tighten


Narrower (hyponym)astringe, bear down, choke, choke, choke, convulse, convulse, fret, gag, overbear, prim, scrag, strangle, strangulate

4. contract (body) be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness


SamplesHe got AIDS.
She came down with pneumonia.
She took a chill.


Synonymsget, take


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)come down, sicken


Narrower (hyponym)catch


Verb groupcatch

5. contract (change) become smaller or draw together


SamplesThe fabric shrank.
The balloon shrank.


Synonymsshrink


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)decrease, diminish, fall, lessen


Narrower (hyponym)flex


Antonymsexpand, spread out, stretch

6. contract (contact) make smaller


SamplesThe heat contracted the woollen garment.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)reduce, shrink


Narrower (hyponym)purse, wrinkle

7. contract (change) compress or concentrate


SamplesCongress condensed the three-year plan into a six-month plan.


Synonymsconcentrate, condense


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Verb groupcondense

8. contract (change) make or become more narrow or restricted


SamplesThe selection was narrowed.
The road narrowed.


Synonymsnarrow


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)change


Narrower (hyponym)bottleneck, taper off


Antonymswiden

9. contract (change) reduce in scope while retaining essential elements


SamplesThe manuscript must be shortened.


Synonymsabbreviate, abridge, cut, foreshorten, reduce, shorten


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)decrease, lessen, minify


Narrower (hyponym)bowdlerise, bowdlerize, castrate, concentrate, condense, digest, expurgate, shorten


Verb groupcut, edit, edit out


Antonymselaborate, expatiate, expound, lucubrate, dilate, exposit, flesh out, enlarge, expand









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