Synonyms of contract in English:

contract


See definition of contract

noun

1‘a legally binding contract’

SYNONYMS

agreement, commitment, arrangement, settlement, undertaking, understanding, compact, covenant, pact, bond

deal, bargain

treaty, concordat, convention, entente

account

indenture

rare engagement


verb

1‘glass, like other substances, contracts as it cools’

SYNONYMS

shrink, get smaller, become smaller

decrease, diminish, reduce, dwindle, decline, shrivel

ANTONYMS

expand, increase

2‘her stomach muscles contracted’

SYNONYMS

tighten, become tighter, make tighter, tense, flex, constrict, draw in, become narrower, make narrower, narrow

ANTONYMS

relax

3‘Mrs Thornton contracted her brow’

SYNONYMS

wrinkle, knit, crease, corrugate

purse, pucker

4‘the name ‘Jacquenard’ was soon contracted to ‘Jack’ in English’

SYNONYMS

shorten, abbreviate, cut, reduce, abridge, truncate

ANTONYMS

expand, lengthen

5‘the company contracted to purchase 390 acres of forest’

SYNONYMS

undertake, pledge, promise, covenant, commit oneself, engage

agree, enter into an agreement, reach an agreement, make a deal, negotiate a deal

6‘she contracted German measles’

SYNONYMS

develop, catch, get, pick up, come down with, become infected with, fall ill with, be taken ill with, be struck down with, be stricken with, succumb to

British go down with

informal take ill with

North American informal take sick with

7‘he contracted a debt of £3,300’

SYNONYMS

incur, become liable to pay, acquire, fall into

run up


Phrases

    contract out

      ‘if you do not wish to be a member of the pension fund you must contract out’

      SYNONYMS

      opt out, leave, exclude oneself, withdraw, pull out, exit

    contract something out

      ‘local authorities will have to contract out waste management’

      SYNONYMS

      subcontract, outsource, farm out, assign to others