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contract

verb  /kənˈtrækt/ us  

contract verb (SHORTEN)

[I/T] to make or become shorter or narrower, or smaller: [I] When wet fibers dry, they contract.

contract verb (BECOME ILL)

[T] to catch or become ill with a disease: She contracted pneumonia and was hospitalized.
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