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Meaning of contracting by Wiktionary Dictionary



    contracting ( not comparable )

    1. That is getting smaller .



    1. Present participle of contract., as in hiring or trading .

Explanation of contracting by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. becoming infected

    2. the contracting of a serious illness can be financially catastrophic

    Definition of contracting by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Contract ( kŏntrăkt ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Contracted; p. pr. & vb. n. Contracting.] [L. contractus, p. p. of contrahere to contract; con- + trahere to draw: cf. F. contracter. See Trace, and cf. Contract, n.]
      1. To draw together or nearer; to reduce to a less compass; to shorten, narrow, or lessen; as, “to contract one's sphere of action”.

      In all things desuetude doth contract and narrow our faculties. Dr. H. More.

      2. To draw together so as to wrinkle; to knit.

      Thou didst contract and purse thy brow. Shak.

      3. To bring on; to incur; to acquire; as, “to contract a habit; to contract a debt; to contract a disease”.

      Each from each contract new strength and light. Pope.

      Such behavior we contract by having much conversed with persons of high station. Swift.

      4. To enter into, with mutual obligations; to make a bargain or covenant for.

      We have contracted an inviolable amity, peace, and lague with the aforesaid queen. Hakluyt.

      Many persons . . . had contracted marriage within the degrees of consanguinity . . . prohibited by law. Strype.

      5. To betroth; to affiance.

      The truth is, she and I, long since contracted,

      Are now so sure, that nothing can dissolve us. Shak.

      6. ( Gram. ) To shorten by omitting a letter or letters or by reducing two or more vowels or syllables to one.

      Syn. -- To shorten; abridge; epitomize; narrow; lessen; condense; reduce; confine; incur; assume.

    2. contracting n. the act or process of acquiring an infectious disease; contraction; as, “the contracting of a serious illness can be financially catastrophic”.

      Syn. -- catching.