He had contracted polio in Asia on CIA business and was teaching politics from a wheelchair at Brown University.
Sexual depression, one might point out, is contracted by nearly three million single women in New York City every minute.
When she was rescued by a mall cop, the girl said she had been pimped out 15 times a day, and had contracted STDs at only age 14.
He contracted pneumonia, but he recovered and returned to demonstrating.
It has existed, over its long history, in both expanded and contracted states in terms of its readership.
This nebula was not in itself hot, but as it rotated it contracted.
You said, just now, I think, that in your youth you contracted debts; have you paid them?
Cells urceolate, ventricose below, contracted towards the mouth.
When the lung is expanded, air rushes in; when it is contracted, the air is expelled.
I watched his face; the muscles of it contracted into a grimace, then were smoothed again to calmness; he opened his eyes.
c.1600, "agreed upon," also "shrunken, shortened," past participle adjective from contract (v.).
early 14c., from Old French contract (Modern French contrat), from Latin contractus "a contract, agreement," from past participle of contrahere "to draw together," metaphorically, "to make a bargain," from com- "together" (see com-) + trahere "to draw" (see tract (n.1)). U.S. underworld sense of "arrangement to kill someone" first recorded 1940.
contract con·tract (kən-trākt', kŏn'trākt')
v. con·tract·ed, con·tract·ing, con·tracts
To reduce in size by drawing together.
To become reduced in size by or as if by being drawn together, as the pupil of the eye.
To acquire or incur by contagion or infection.
A legally binding agreement between two or more parties.