What are some alternative words for contract?

Synonyms for contract
n., adj., and usu. for v. 16–18, 22, 23 ˈkɒn trækt; otherwise v. kənˈtrækt

This thesaurus page is about all possible synonyms, equivalent, same meaning and similar words for the term contract.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. contract(noun)

    a binding agreement between two or more persons that is enforceable by law

    declaration, contract bridge

    dilate, flesh out, expand, enlarge, expatiate, spread out, exposit, lucubrate, expound, elaborate

  2. contract, declaration(noun)

    (contract bridge) the highest bid becomes the contract setting the number of tricks that the bidder must make

    annunciation, proclamation, declaration, resolution, announcement, contract bridge, resolve

    expand, enlarge, flesh out, lucubrate, expatiate, spread out, dilate, elaborate, expound, exposit

  3. contract, contract bridge(verb)

    a variety of bridge in which the bidder receives points toward game only for the number of tricks he bid

    declaration, contract bridge

    lucubrate, elaborate, enlarge, exposit, dilate, expatiate, expand, spread out, flesh out, expound

  4. contract, undertake(verb)

    enter into a contractual arrangement

    set about, sign, take in charge, condense, concentrate, sign up, attempt, abbreviate, constrict, shorten, press, shrink, undertake, foreshorten, cut, guarantee, take on, squeeze, get, compress, reduce, take, abridge, sign on, tackle, narrow, compact

    expound, dilate, expatiate, expand, lucubrate, enlarge, spread out, elaborate, exposit, flesh out

  5. sign, contract, sign on, sign up(verb)

    engage by written agreement

    "They signed two new pitchers for the next season"

    shorten, sign, condense, concentrate, sign up, abbreviate, constrict, narrow, press, reduce, take, undertake, bless, signalize, cut, subscribe, squeeze, get, compress, sign on, foreshorten, ratify, abridge, signalise, signal, shrink, compact

    flesh out, elaborate, spread out, expatiate, lucubrate, expand, expound, dilate, enlarge, exposit

  6. compress, constrict, squeeze, compact, contract, press(verb)

    squeeze or press together

    "she compressed her lips"; "the spasm contracted the muscle"

    fight, adjure, weigh, pressure, crush, narrow, thrust, get, rack, cut, pack together, foreshorten, undertake, hale, press, twitch, pack, gouge, tweet, embrace, bundle, agitate, force, pinch, shove, weight-lift, sign up, sign on, twinge, compress, urge, hug, shrink, concentrate, campaign, sign, abridge, reduce, take, condense, iron, crusade, extort, stuff, urge on, squeeze, beseech, squash, compact, constringe, exhort, wring, mash, coerce, wad, bid, push, bosom, wedge, entreat, shorten, squelch, abbreviate, conjure, constrict, press out, weightlift, iron out

    expound, spread out, expand, exposit, lucubrate, enlarge, flesh out, expatiate, elaborate, dilate

  7. contract, take, get(verb)

    be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness

    "He got AIDS"; "She came down with pneumonia"; "She took a chill"

    sign on, read, dumbfound, occupy, subscribe to, sire, withdraw, mystify, foreshorten, lead, ingest, develop, take aim, carry, bring, assume, stupefy, have, hold, become, choose, sustain, study, learn, fill, receive, necessitate, compress, consume, go, stimulate, start out, pay off, drive, hire, engender, cut, fix, pay back, consider, sign up, rent, suffer, reduce, stick, pick out, set about, bring forth, get down, gravel, incur, draw, catch, deal, adopt, shorten, compact, remove, demand, start, set out, lease, take on, buzz off, beat, constrict, arrest, beget, take up, come, train, bewilder, strike, use up, select, take, scram, squeeze, engage, concentrate, film, make, claim, puzzle, flummox, abbreviate, generate, get hold of, exact, take away, pack, let, experience, condense, amaze, require, call for, take in, produce, vex, find, submit, convey, shrink, capture, shoot, aim, induce, direct, perplex, charter, press, obtain, begin, get, contain, father, mother, get under one's skin, subscribe, narrow, arrive, need, guide, involve, acquire, look at, postulate, abridge, grow, fetch, accept, pose, sign, admit, bugger off, undertake, cause, ask, nonplus, conduct, commence, baffle

    expand, dilate, lucubrate, enlarge, flesh out, elaborate, spread out, expatiate, exposit, expound

  8. shrink, contract(verb)

    become smaller or draw together

    "The fabric shrank"; "The balloon shrank"

    shorten, sign, condense, concentrate, sign up, abbreviate, shrivel up, constrict, narrow, quail, flinch, funk, take, shrivel, undertake, reduce, cut, cringe, abridge, squeeze, get, compress, sign on, wince, foreshorten, recoil, squinch, wither, press, shrink, compact

    elaborate, dilate, lucubrate, expound, enlarge, expand, flesh out, exposit, expatiate, spread out

  9. contract(verb)

    make smaller

    "The heat contracted the woollen garment"

    sign, condense, concentrate, sign up, abbreviate, constrict, shorten, press, shrink, undertake, foreshorten, cut, squeeze, get, compress, reduce, take, abridge, sign on, narrow, compact

    expound, enlarge, exposit, lucubrate, expand, dilate, spread out, flesh out, elaborate, expatiate

  10. condense, concentrate, contract(verb)

    compress or concentrate

    "Congress condensed the three-year plan into a six-month plan"

    digest, narrow, decoct, pore, get, cut, boil down, foreshorten, centre, rivet, press, center, focus, centralise, take, sign on, sign, sign up, distil, compress, shrink, abridge, reduce, condense, concentrate, squeeze, compact, undertake, distill, centralize, shorten, abbreviate, constrict

    enlarge, lucubrate, flesh out, dilate, expound, spread out, expatiate, expand, exposit, elaborate

  11. narrow, contract(verb)

    make or become more narrow or restricted

    "The selection was narrowed"; "The road narrowed"

    peg down, sign, condense, nail down, sign up, specialize, abbreviate, constrict, narrow, press, shrink, specialise, take, undertake, foreshorten, cut, shorten, constringe, narrow down, specify, squeeze, get, compress, sign on, abridge, concentrate, reduce, pin down, compact

    expand, spread out, dilate, elaborate, enlarge, exposit, expound, expatiate, flesh out, lucubrate

  12. abridge, foreshorten, abbreviate, shorten, cut, contract, reduce(verb)

    reduce in scope while retaining essential elements

    "The manuscript must be shortened"

    sign on, expurgate, skip, foreshorten, ignore, cut off, bowdlerize, bowdlerise, sign, reduce, hack, compress, tailor, quash, disregard, cut back, sign up, turn out, lose weight, slew, rationalise, switch off, castrate, prune, melt off, trim down, scale down, condense, shorten, compact, thin, slim down, geld, rationalize, make out, abridge, constrict, issue, narrow, take, squeeze, bring down, trim, slue, tighten, deoxidise, abbreviate, turn off, keep down, cut, subdue, cut down, dilute, burn, subjugate, get, shrink, edit, edit out, come down, repress, press, write out, thin out, swerve, boil down, snub, slenderize, trend, curve, deoxidize, sheer, concentrate, undertake, veer, decoct, slim, trim back

    enlarge, exposit, expatiate, flesh out, lucubrate, dilate, elaborate, expound, expand, spread out

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. contract

    All these words involve at least two parties, tho an engagement or promise may be the act of but one. A contract is a formal agreement between two or more parties for the doing or leaving undone some specified act or acts, and is ordinarily in writing. Mutual promises may have the force of a contract. A consideration, or compensation, is essential to convert an agreement into a contract. A contract may be oral or written. A covenant in law is a written contract under seal. Covenant is frequent in religious usage, as contract is in law and business. Compact is essentially the same as contract, but is applied to international agreements, treaties, etc. A bargain is a mutual agreement for an exchange of values, without the formality of a contract. A stipulation is a single item in an agreement or contract. A cartel is a military agreement for the exchange of prisoners or the like.

    agreement, arrangement, bargain, cartel, compact, covenant, engagement, obligation, pact, pledge, promise, stipulation

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. contract(v)

    abridge, abbreviate, narrow, lessen, reduce, compress, decrease, retrench, curtail, form, agree

    expand, amplify, dilate, elongate, reverse, cancel, abandon

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. contract(v. a.)

    lessen, shorten, narrow, diminish, abridge, reduce, epitomize, draw together

  2. contract(v. a.)

    incur, bring, procure, get, assume, take upon one's self, become liable to

  3. contract(v. n.)

    shrivel, shrink, shrink up

  4. contract(v. n.)

    agree, stipulate, bargain, covenant, make a bargain

  5. contract(n.)

    compact, bargain, stipulation, covenant, convention, concordat, treaty, agreement, pact, arrangement

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. contract(n)

    agreement, compact, covenant, pact, protocol, treaty, concordat, convention, stipulation

  2. contract(v)

    reduce, narrow, condense, incur, acquire, covenant, agree, shrivel, shrink, syncopate

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How to say contract in sign language?

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How to use contract in a sentence?

  1. Donny Osmond:

    We had no idea it would be 11 years. We started out as a six-week contract.

  2. Arngrimur Hermannsson:

    I had to sign a contract saying that I would be the last owner of the vehicle, nATO doesn't want it in just anyone's hands.

  3. The Trade Ministry official:

    This does not merit an arrest warrant for someone as senior as the minister, especially because the contract was legal and based on global prices.

  4. Mark Malone:

    We call it an opioid agreement because it is not a legally binding contract that would be enforceable in a court of law.

  5. Chief Executive Geir Karlsen:

    It's about compensation and also about a new schedule of plane deliveries, as Boeing obviously can't deliver in line with the contract ... it's a huge challenge for Boeing, and at the same time we also want the best possible outcome for ourselves.

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