Another word for contract
A legally binding arrangement between parties:agreement, bond, compact2, convention, covenant, pact. See agree
An agreement, especially one involving a sale or exchange:bargain, compact2, covenant, deal, transaction. See agree
To enter into a formal agreement:bargain, covenant. See agree
To assume an obligation:engage, pledge, promise, undertake. See agree, obligation
To become affected with a disease:catch, develop, get, sicken, take. Idiom: come down with. See get
To reduce in size, as by drawing together:compact1, compress, constrict, constringe, shrink. See increase
Another word for contract
agreement, legal agreement, covenant, compact, stipulation, contractual statement, contractual obligation, convention, understanding, promise, pledge, engagement, obligation, guarantee, liability, concordat, entente cordiale (French), settlement, arrangement, deal, gentleman's agreement, commitment, cartel, bargain, pact, lease, indenture, mise, the papers*; see also agreement 3, record 1, treaty.
shrink, condense, constrict, draw in, draw back, shrivel, weaken, be reduced in compass, become smaller, be drawn together, deflate, decline, fall away, abate, subside, grow less, ebb, wane, wrinkle, knit, lessen, lose, dwindle, consume, recede, fall off, wither, waste, evaporate; see also decrease 1.
To cause to diminish
To enter into an agreement by contract
covenant, pact, pledge, promise, undertake, come to terms, adjust, negotiate, negotiate a contract, bargain, strike a bargain, agree, settle, limit, bound, reach an agreement, reach an understanding, settle by covenant, engage, stipulate, consent, enter into a contractual obligation, sign the papers, accept an offer, obligate oneself, work out the details, put something in writing, swear to, sign for, assent, give one's word, initial, close, shake hands on it*, get together*; see also negotiate 1, promise 1.
To catch; said of diseases
To become obligated by; said especially of debts
contract implies a drawing together of surface or parts and a resultant decrease in size, bulk, or extent cold contracts metals; to shrink is to contract so as to be short of the original or normal length, amount, extent, etc. those shirts have shrunk; shrinking profits; condense suggests reduction of something into a more compact or more dense form without loss of essential content condensed milk; to compress is to press or squeeze into a more compact, orderly form a lifetime's work compressed into one volume; deflate implies a reduction in size or bulk by the removal of air, gas, or in extended use, anything insubstantial to deflate a balloon, to deflate one's ego