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Multiple Meanings
contract — as in:  legal contract

She signed the contract.
an agreement - typically written and enforceable by law
contract — as in:  contract the disease

She contracted an STD (sexually transmitted disease).
to get — especially in reference to a disease
contract — as in:  the metal contracted

When it is cold, the bridge contracts and the joints are further apart.
when something gets shorter or smaller

Contract can be used as a verb, as in They contracted to.... When used as a verb, the second syllable is stressed.

A grammatical sense of the word describes can’t as a contraction of can not. Other specialized usages include contract murder and contract bridge.
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