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verb contract pronunciation in American English /kənˈtrækt/contract pronunciation in American English /ˈkɑnˌtrækt/
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present tense
I/you/we/theycontract
he/she/itcontracts
present participlecontracting
past tensecontracted
past participlecontracted
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  1. 1
    [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.
  2. 3
    [transitive] to become infected with a disease
    She contracted pneumonia and died.

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