contract
noun.
a binding agreement between two or more persons that is enforceable by law
noun.
(contract bridge) the highest bid becomes the contract setting the number of tricks that the bidder must make
Synonym: declaration
noun.
a variety of bridge in which the bidder receives points toward game only for the number of tricks he bid
verb.
enter into a contractual arrangement
Synonym: undertake
verb.
engage by written agreement
They signed two new pitchers for the next season
Synonym: sign, sign on, sign up
verb.
squeeze or press together
she compressed her lips|the spasm contracted the muscle
verb.
be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness
He got AIDS|She came down with pneumonia|She took a chill
Synonym: get, take
verb.
become smaller or draw together
The fabric shrank|The balloon shrank
Synonym: shrink
verb.
make smaller
The heat contracted the woollen garment
verb.
compress or concentrate
Congress condensed the three-year plan into a six-month plan
verb.
make or become more narrow or restricted
The selection was narrowed|The road narrowed
Synonym: narrow
verb.
reduce in scope while retaining essential elements
The manuscript must be shortened
Antonym: expand