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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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