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Noun: contracting  kun'trak-ting or 'kón,trak-ting
  1. Becoming infected
    "the contracting of a serious illness can be financially catastrophic";
    - catching
Verb: contract  'kón,trakt
  1. Enter into a contractual arrangement
    - undertake
  2. Engage by written agreement
    "They contracted two new pitchers for the next season";
    - sign, sign on, sign up
  3. Bring together or compress
    "the spasm contracted the muscle";
    - compress, constrict, squeeze, compact, press
  4. Be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness
    "She contracted a chill";
    - take, get
  5. Become smaller or draw together
    "The fabric contracted";
    - shrink
  6. Make smaller
    "The heat contracted the woollen garment"
  7. Compress or concentrate
    "Congress contracted the three-year plan into a six-month plan";
    - condense, concentrate
  8. Make or become more narrow or restricted
    "The selection was contracted";
    - narrow, neck
  9. Reduce in scope while retaining essential elements
    "The manuscript must be contracted";
    - abridge, foreshorten, abbreviate, shorten, cut, reduce

See also: specialise [Brit]

Type of: acquiring, alter, assure, change, come down, decrease, diminish, employ, engage, fall, getting, hire, lessen, minify, modify, promise, reduce, shrink, sicken, tighten

Antonym: stretch, widen

Encyclopedia: Contracting