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

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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. contractverb

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

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. contractnoun

    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, declarationnoun

    (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 bridgeverb

    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, undertakeverb

    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 upverb

    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, pressverb

    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, getverb

    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, contractverb

    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. contractverb

    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, contractverb

    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, contractverb

    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, reduceverb

    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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. contractverb

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

  2. contractverb

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

  3. contractverb

    shrivel, shrink, shrink up

  4. contractverb

    agree, stipulate, bargain, covenant, make a bargain

  5. contractnoun

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. contractnoun

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

  2. contractverb

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

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  1. Lee Jae-yun:

    Any absence could affect Samsung from taking on major deals to jump ahead of the competition in fields it is trying to expand in, perhaps buying a struggling competitor in contract chip manufacturing, for example.

  2. Billy Weatherall:

    We have a signed contract, i got a phone call from a school official Friday morning while I was having my quiet time and drinking coffee.

  3. Heidi Hemmat:

    I knew I couldn’t keep ambushing people who did bad things to other people, society has changed. People have changed. My physical and mental health were unraveling. As soon as that ratings period ended I took an unpaid leave of absence, and in August I asked to be let out of my contract.

  4. Said Sahnoun:

    The contract terms are being examined by the authorities. We are hopeful that we can have another bid round some time in Q3 of 2015. It's very likely that this is the case.

  5. Gary Jenkins:

    It comes down to: if you change the terms and conditions of a contract, have you created a new contract or do you have the same contract with minor amendments?

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