[ kuhn-trak-tid ]
See synonyms for contracted on
  1. drawn together; reduced in compass or size; made smaller; shrunken.

  1. (of the mind, outlook, etc.) narrow or illiberal; restricted: a contracted view of human rights.

Origin of contracted

First recorded in 1540–50; contract + -ed2

Other words from contracted

  • con·tract·ed·ly, adverb
  • con·tract·ed·ness, noun
  • un·con·tract·ed, adjective
  • well-con·tract·ed, adjective

Words Nearby contracted Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use contracted in a sentence

  • Some peculiar lines between these contracted brows gave a character of ferocity to this forbidding and sensual face.

    Checkmate | Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • At times the creek was as wide as an ordinary river, at others so contracted that one could gather grass on either side.

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
  • The steward, a young mulatto, had contracted the bad habit of indulging too much in liquor.

  • The lands thus acquired are not liable for any debts contracted prior to the issuing of the patent.

  • Weirmarsh's brows contracted slightly, and he shot an evil glance at the man before him—the man who was his victim.

    The Doctor of Pimlico | William Le Queux