Definition for CON-TRACT'

CON-TRACT', v.t. [L. contraho, contractum; con and traho, to draw; It. contrarre; Sp. contraer; Port. contrahir; Fr. contracter. See Draw.]

  1. To draw together or nearer; to draw into a less compass, either in length or breadth; to shorten; to abridge; to narrow; to lessen; as, to contract an inclosure; to contract the faculties; to contract the period of life; to contract the sphere of action.
  2. Too draw the parts together; to wrinkle; as, to contract the brow.
  3. To betroth; to affiance. A. contracted his daughter to B. The lady was contracted to a man of merit.
  4. To draw to; to bring on; to incur; to gain. We contract vicious habits by indulgence. We contract debt by extravagance.
  5. To shorten by omission of a letter or syllable; as, to contract a word.
  6. To epitomize; to abridge; as, to contract an essay.

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