contract - definition and synonyms

 
 
verb 

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/kənˈtrækt/
present tense
I/you/we/theycontract
he/she/itcontracts
present participlecontracting
past tensecontracted
past participlecontracted
  1. 1
    [intransitive] if a substance such as metal contracts, it becomes smaller
  2. 2
    [transitive] to become infected with a disease
  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to agree to do something, or to make someone agree to do something, by a formal written agreement
    contract to do something:

    They had contracted to supply the machinery by June.

    be contracted to do something:

    The firm was contracted to build 25 low-cost homes.