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According to WordNet, the verb "contract" has 9 sense(s).
200087736 be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness; "He got AIDS"; "She came down with pneumonia"; "She took a chill".
202409941 engage by written agreement; "They signed two new pitchers for the next season".
200243900 reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The manuscript must be shortened".
200365188 compress or concentrate; "Congress condensed the three-year plan into a six-month plan".
- SUMO Mappings: Hiring (subsuming mapping)
201279474 make smaller; "The heat contracted the woollen garment".
200305109 make or become more narrow or restricted; "The selection was narrowed"; "The road narrowed".
200240571 become smaller or draw together; "The fabric shrank"; "The balloon shrank".
201387786 squeeze or press together; "she compressed her lips"; "the spasm contracted the muscle".
200888786 enter into a contractual arrangement.
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