contracted c.1600, "agreed upon," also "shrunken, shortened," pp. adj. from CONTRACT (Cf. contract).

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  • Contracted — Con*tract ed (k[o^]n*tr[a^]kt [e^]d), a. 1. Drawn together; shrunken; wrinkled; narrow; as, a contracted brow; a contracted noun. [1913 Webster] 2. Narrow; illiberal; selfish; as, a contracted mind; contracted views. [1913 Webster] 3. Bargained… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • contracted — index agreed (promised), brief, compact (dense), compact (pithy), concise, indentured …   Law dictionary

  • Contracted — Contract Con*tract (k[o^]n*tr[a^]kt ), 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • contracted — contractedly, adv. contractedness, n. /keuhn trak tid/, adj. 1. drawn together; reduced in compass or size; made smaller; shrunken. 2. condensed; abridged. 3. (of the mind, outlook, etc.) narrow or illiberal; restricted: a contracted view of… …   Universalium

  • contracted — adjective reduced in size or pulled together the contracted pupils of her eyes • Ant: ↑expanded • Similar to: ↑contractile …   Useful english dictionary

  • contracted — См. contratto …   Пятиязычный словарь лингвистических терминов

  • contracted — adjective a) Arranged by contract; established by agreement. b) Made smaller by contraction …   Wiktionary

  • contracted — Synonyms and related words: Spartan, abated, abbreviated, ablated, abridged, affianced, agreed, aposiopestic, arranged, assured, attenuated, bated, belittled, betrothed, blank, blind, blind alley, bound, brief, brusque, cecal, choked, choked off …   Moby Thesaurus

  • contracted — con·tract·ed || kÉ™n træktɪd adj. made smaller in size or pulled together; shrunken; abridged; narrow; restricted con·tract || kÉ’ntrækt n. agreement, pact, covenant; (Slang) arrangement with a hired assassin to kill a person v. create a… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • contracted —   Narrowed, reduced in size, or pulled together, e.g. the leaflet bases of Macrozamia pauli guilielmi and many other cycad species …   Expanded glossary of Cycad terms

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