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Definitions of Contract

Pronunciation : Con*tract"
Part of Speech : v.
Etymology : [L. contractus, p.p. of contrahere to contract; con- + trahere to draw: cf. F. contracter. See Trace, and cf. Contract, n.]
Definition : 1. To draw together or nearer; to reduce to a less compass; to shorten, narrow, or lesen; as, to contract one's shpere 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 statiSwift.

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.)

Defn: 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.

t. [imp. & p.p. Contracted; p.pr. & vb.n. Contracting.]
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

Pronunciation : Con*tract"
Part of Speech : v.
Definition : 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.

Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

Pronunciation : Con"tract
Part of Speech : a.
Definition : Defn: Contracted: as, a contract verb. Goodwin.
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

Pronunciation : Con*tract"
Part of Speech : a.
Etymology : [L. contractus, p.p.]
Definition : Defn: Contracted; affianced; betrothed. [Obs.] Shak.
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

Pronunciation : Con"tract
Part of Speech : n.
Etymology : [L. contractus, fr. contrahere: cf. F. contrat, formerly also contract.]
Definition : 1. (Law)

Defn: 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. Wharton.

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.
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

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