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contract
as in:  contract the disease


She contracted an STD (sexually transmitted disease).
  to get — especially in reference to a disease
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contract contracts contracting contracted contractibility contractible
Notes:
Contract has many reasonably common, but highly diverse senses. Accordingly, it is generally recommended that you just learn the sense (or senses) that currently interest you.
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  • She contracted an STD (sexually transmitted disease).
  • She contracted AIDS by sharing needles.
  • ...the habits contracted at your age are generally indelible... It is therefore highly important that you should endeavor not only to be learned but virtuous.
    George Washington (in a letter to his nephew)
  • Here is a secret about my family: My sister contracted the deliria a several months before her scheduled procedure.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium

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  • We had to sit so close to other people there wasn’t room to breathe, if you even wanted to, being in the position to contract every kind of a germ there was.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • I contracted pleural pneumonia, in that day a killing disease.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • But he and the two other men in the apartment had a wonderful blowout, which lasted for five days, and as a result of which the industrious and unlucky one lost his job and the idle and lucky one got too sociable, and, despite his luck, contracted a social disease.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • If you fear that you or someone you know may have contracted deliria, please call the emergency line toll-free at 1-800-PREVENT to discuss immediate intake and treatment.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • In the decades before the development of the cure, the disease had become so virulent and widespread it was extraordinarily rare for a person to reach adulthood without having contracted a significant case of amor deliria nervosa.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • It’s not his fault I’ve changed—seen the light or contracted the deliria, depending on who you ask.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
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Associated words [difficulty]:   contract [1]
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Most commonly used in these subjects:   Medicine, Engineering, Personal Finance, Law
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