contract [-ing, -s] n

OFr < L.; see contract, v.

  1. Compact; binding agreement; serious legal exchange to which all involved parties agree; document detailing the obligation that parties have to each other.
  2. Promise; pledge; agreement; vow.
  3. Promise; covenant.

contract [-ing, -s] v

L. con- + trahěre, draw together.

  1. Close; shrink; become smaller; have its parts drawn together.
  2. Shrink; constrict; squeeze; limit; compress; narrow; reduce; make smaller; diminish in extent.