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     n 1: a binding agreement between two or more persons that is
          enforceable by law
     2: (bridge) the highest bid becomes the contract setting the
        number of tricks that the bidder must make
     3: a variety of bridge in which the bidder receives points
        toward game only for the number of tricks he bid [syn: {contract
     v 1: enter into a contractual arrangement [syn: undertake]
     2: engage by written agreement; "They signed two new pitchers
        for the next season" [syn: sign, fee, sign on, {sign
     3: squeeze or press together; "she compressed her lips" [syn: compress,
         constrict, squeeze, compact, press]
     4: draw together; "The fabric shrank" [syn: shrink] [ant: stretch]
     5: be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness; "He
        got AIDS"; "She came down with pneumonia"; "She took a
        chill" [syn: take, get]
     6: make smaller; "The garment contracted in the dryer"; "The
        heat contracted the woollen garment"
     7: compress or concentrate; "Congress condensed the three-year
        plan into a six-month plan" [syn: condense, concentrate]
     8: make or become more narrow or restricted; "The selection was
        narrowed"; "The road narrowed" [syn: narrow] [ant: widen]
     9: reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The
        manuscript must be shortened" [syn: abridge, foreshorten,
         abbreviate, shorten, cut, reduce]