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Dictionary definition for: Contract

1. (n) a binding agreement between two or more persons that is enforceable by law

2. (v) enter into a contractual arrangement

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

4. (v) engage by written agreement; "They signed two new pitchers for the next season"

5. (n) a variety of bridge in which the bidder receives points toward game only for the number of tricks he bid

6. (v) squeeze or press together; "she compressed her lips" "the spasm contracted the muscle"

7. (v) become smaller or draw together; "The fabric shrank" "The balloon shrank"

8. (v) be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness; "He got AIDS" "She came down with pneumonia" "She took a chill"

9. (v) make smaller; "The heat contracted the woollen garment"

10. (v) compress or concentrate; "Congress condensed the three-year plan into a six-month plan"

11. (v) make or become more narrow or restricted; "The selection was narrowed" "The road narrowed"

12. (v) reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The manuscript must be shortened"

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