One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A fresh or renewed contract.
1with object To bind (a person) once more by the terms of a contract; to establish an agreement or contract concerning (something) again. Also without object, sometimes with for or with.
2with object To make smaller or more compact again. Also without object: to become smaller again.
3with object To acquire (especially an illness) again.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Rogers (c1553–1616), religious controversialist and Church of England clergyman. Either recontract, or from re- + contract after recontract<br>late 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Beard (c1568–1632), Church of England clergyman and author. From re- + contract.
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