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— as in: legal contract
She signed the
an agreement - typically written and enforceable by law
— as in: contract the disease
an STD (sexually transmitted disease).
to get — especially in reference to a disease
— as in: the metal contracted
When it is cold, the bridge
and the joints are further apart.
when something gets shorter or smaller
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
as a contraction of
. Other specialized usages include
. . . enhancing vocabulary while reading