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[编辑] GRE 红宝书

  • n. 契约, 合同; v. 订合同; 收缩
  • [英] n. 合同 ( a formal agreement) ; v. 订合同 ( to make a contract) ; 收缩 ( shrink; condense; compress; deflate)
  • [记] con+tract ( 拉) -> 拉到一起 -> 收缩, 订合同
  • [同] 派生词: contraction ( n. 收缩)

[编辑] Webster Collegiate

I. noun

  • Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin contractus, from contrahere to draw together, make a contract, reduce in size, from com- + trahere to draw
  • Date: 14th century
  • 1.
    • a. a binding agreement between two or more persons or parties; especially one legally enforceable
    • b. a business arrangement for the supply of goods or services at a fixed price <make parts on contract
    • c. the act of marriage or an agreement to marry
  • 2. a document describing the terms of a contract
  • 3. the final bid to win a specified number of tricks in bridge
  • 4. an order or arrangement for a hired assassin to kill someone <his enemies put out a contract on him

II. verb

  • Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French contracter to agree upon, from Latin contractus
  • Date: 14th century
  • transitive verb
    • 1.
      • a. to bring on oneself especially inadvertently ; incur <contracting debts
      • b. to become affected with <contract pneumonia
    • 2.
      • a. to establish or undertake by contract <contract a job
      • b. betroth; also to establish (a marriage) formally
      • c.
        • (1) to hire by contract <contract a lawyer
        • (2) to purchase (as goods or services) on a contract basis — often used with out
    • 3.
    • 4. to reduce to smaller size by or as if by squeezing or forcing together <contract a muscle
    • 5. to shorten (as a word) by omitting one or more sounds or letters
  • intransitive verb
    • 1. to make a contract
    • 2. to draw together so as to become diminished in size <metal contracts on cooling; also to become less in compass, duration, or length <muscle contracts in tetanus
  • ? contractibility noun
  • ? contractible adjective
  • Synonyms:

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