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English definition of “contract”

contract

verb [I or T] (SHORTEN)    /kənˈtrækt/
to make or become shorter or narrower or generally smaller : In spoken English , "do not" often contracts to "don't". As it cooled , the metal contracted.Becoming and making smaller or lessBecoming and making less strong
(Definition of contract verb (SHORTEN) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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