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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


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


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.


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.


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

Broader (hypernym)change

Narrower (hyponym)bottleneck, taper off


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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