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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (n.) To draw together or nearer; to reduce to a less compass; to shorten, narrow, or lessen; as, to contract one's sphere of action.

2. (n.) To draw together so as to wrinkle; to knit.

3. (n.) To bring on; to incur; to acquire; as, to contract a habit; to contract a debt; to contract a disease.

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

5. (n.) To betroth; to affiance.

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

7. (v. i.) To be drawn together so as to be diminished in size or extent; to shrink; to be reduced in compass or in duration; as, iron contracts in cooling; a rope contracts when wet.

8. (v. i.) To make an agreement; to covenant; to agree; to bargain; as, to contract for carrying the mail.

9. (a.) Contracted; as, a contract verb.

10. (a.) Contracted; affianced; betrothed.

11. (n.) The agreement of two or more persons, upon a sufficient consideration or cause, to do, or to abstain from doing, some act; an agreement in which a party undertakes to do, or not to do, a particular thing; a formal bargain; a compact; an interchange of legal rights.

12. (n.) A formal writing which contains the agreement of parties, with the terms and conditions, and which serves as a proof of the obligation.

13. (n.) The act of formally betrothing a man and woman.

4958. sustello -- to draw together, hence wrap up
... up. Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: sustello Phonetic Spelling: (soos-tel'-
lo) Short Definition: I shorten, swathe Definition: I contract, shorten, wrap ...
// - 6k

3014. lepra -- leprosy
... To contract this ailment meant the leper was reduced to a social outcast --
barred from all the activities at the Temple. See 3015 (). ...
// - 6k

1242. diatheke -- testament, will, covenant
... covenant, testament. From diatithemai; properly, a disposition, ie (specially)
a contract (especially a devisory will) -- covenant, testament. ...
// - 7k

4112. plastos -- formed, molded
... [In the papyri, means, " " (P Oxy II. 237.viii.14, ad 186) -- "not having
immediately declared that the contract is " (, 515).]. ...
// - 7k

4932. suntemno -- to cut in pieces
... cut short. From sun and the base of tomoteros; to contract by cutting, ie
(figuratively) do concisely (speedily) -- (cut) short. see GREEK sun. ...
// - 7k

Strong's Hebrew
6821. tsaphad -- to draw together, contract
... tsaphad. 6822 . to draw together, contract. Transliteration: tsaphad Phonetic
Spelling: (tsaw-fad') Short Definition: shriveled. Word Origin a prim. ...
/hebrew/6821.htm - 5k

7939. sakar -- hire, wages
... From sakar; payment of contract; concretely, salary, fare, maintenance; by implication,
compensation, benefit -- hire, price, reward(-ed), wages, worth. ...
/hebrew/7939.htm - 6k

6915. qadad -- to bow down
... bow down the head, stoop. A primitive root; to shrivel up, ie Contract or bend the
body (or neck) in deference -- bow (down) (the) head, stoop. 6914, 6915. ...
/hebrew/6915.htm - 6k

7091. qippoz -- perhaps arrow snake
... great owl. From an unused root meaning to contract, ie Spring forward; an
arrow-snake (as darting on its prey) -- great owl. 7090, 7091. qippoz. 7092 . ...
/hebrew/7091.htm - 6k

331. atam -- to shut, shut up
... narrow, shut, stop. A primitive root; to close (the lips or ears); by analology
to contract (a window by bevelled jambs) -- narrow, shut, stop. 330b, 331. ...
/hebrew/331.htm - 6k

3648. kamar -- to grow warm and tender, to be or grow hot
... A primitive root; properly, to intertwine or contract, ie (by implication) to shrivel
(as with heat); figuratively, to be deeply affected with passion (love or ...
/hebrew/3648.htm - 6k

680. atsal -- to lay aside, reserve, withdraw, withhold
... A primitive root; properly, to join; used only as a denominative from 'etsel; to
separate; hence, to select, refuse, contract -- keep, reserve, straiten, take. ...
/hebrew/680.htm - 6k

7088. qaphad -- gather together, roll up
... root Definition gather together, roll up NASB Word Usage rolled (1). cut off. A
primitive root; to contract, ie Roll together -- cut off. 7087b, 7088. ...
/hebrew/7088.htm - 5k

2859. chathan -- make oneself a daughter's husband
... A primitive root; to give (a daughter) away in marriage; hence (generally) to contract
affinity by marriage -- join in affinity, father in law, make marriages ...
/hebrew/2859.htm - 6k


Whether Seven Years is Fittingly Assigned as the Age for Betrothal ...
... age for betrothal. For a contract that can be formed by others does not require
discretion in those whom it concerns. Now a betrothal ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/whether seven years is fittingly.htm

Whether Impotence is an Impediment to Marriage?
... But impotence deprives marriage of nothing save carnal copulation. Therefore
it is not a diriment impediment to the marriage contract. ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/whether impotence is an impediment.htm

Whether Christ Contracted These Defects?
... defects. For we are said to contract what we derive with our nature from birth.
But ... 17. But other men contract these defects. Therefore ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/whether christ contracted these defects.htm

Whether Original Sin Would be Contracted by a Person Formed ...
... Therefore it would contract original sin. ... Therefore a man's soul would contract the
infection of original sin, from whatever part of the flesh it was formed. ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/whether original sin would be.htm

Whether a Betrothal Can be Dissolved?
... present. For a subsequent sale does not void a previous sale. Therefore neither
should a second contract void a previous one. Objection ...
/...// theologica/whether a betrothal can be.htm

Whether if Eve, and not Adam, had Sinned, their Children Would ...
... Because we contract original sin from our parents, in so far as we were once in
them, according to the word of the Apostle (Rom.5:12): "In whom all have sinned ...
// theologica/whether if eve and not.htm

Whether Affinity is a Cause of Affinity?
... Objection 5: Further, if affinity arose out of affinity a man by marrying another
man's widow would contract affinity with all her first husband's kindred ...
/.../ theologica/whether affinity is a cause.htm

Whether Marriage Already Contracted Should be Annulled by the ...
... St. Augustine, De Bono Viduit, ix] "for those who vow virginity it is damnable not
only to marry, but even to wish to marry." Now the marriage contract is not ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/whether marriage already contracted should.htm

Introduction. On the Evening of the 18Th of February
... her hand, as if to repel an enemy standing on the left side of her bed, and exclaimed
in an indignant voice: 'What do you mean by this contract of Magdalum ...
/.../introduction on the evening of.htm

The Thing that Follows is not the Same as the Thing that it ...
... But we will give what he has written verbatim. "We say, or rather the Ungeneracy
is His actual being,' without meaning to contract into the being [225] that ...
/.../gregory/gregory of nyssa dogmatic treatises etc/section 41 the thing that.htm

Contract (3 Occurrences)
... 1. (n.) To draw together or nearer; to reduce to a less compass; to shorten,
narrow, or lessen; as, to contract one's sphere of action. ...
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Narrow (21 Occurrences)
... 10. (vt) To lessen the breadth of; to contract; to draw into a smaller compass;
to reduce the width or extent of. 11. (vt) To contract...
/n/narrow.htm - 14k

Obligation (17 Occurrences)
... 2. (n.) That which obligates or constrains; the binding power of a promise, contract,
oath, or vow, or of law; that which constitutes legal or moral duty. ...
/o/obligation.htm - 12k

Instrument (45 Occurrences)
... 3. (n.) A writing, as the means of giving formal expression to some act; a writing
expressive of some act, contract, process, as a deed, contract, writ, etc. ...
/i/instrument.htm - 22k

Rust (7 Occurrences)
... 7. (vi) To contract rust; to be or become oxidized. ... 10. (vt) To cause to contract
rust; to corrode with rust; to affect with rust of any kind. 11. ...
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Breach (55 Occurrences)
... 1. (n.) A breaking or infraction of a law, or of any obligation; violation;
non-fulfillment; as, a breach of contract; a breach of promise. ...
/b/breach.htm - 27k

Bargain (7 Occurrences)
... 1. (n.) An agreement between parties concerning the sale of property; or a contract
by which one party binds himself to transfer the right to some property for ...
/b/bargain.htm - 9k

Condition (38 Occurrences)
... 5. (n.) A clause in a contract, or agreement, which has for its object to suspend,
to defeat, or in some way to modify, the principal obligation; or, in case ...
/c/condition.htm - 20k

Article (17 Occurrences)
... Hence: A clause in a contract, system of regulations, treaty, or the like; a term,
condition, or stipulation in a contract; a concise statement; as, articles ...
/a/article.htm - 13k

Shrink (10 Occurrences)
... 1. (vi) To wrinkle, bend, or curl; to shrivel; hence, to contract into a less
extent or compass; to gather together; to become compacted. ...
/s/shrink.htm - 10k

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Contract (3 Occurrences)

Isaiah 16:14
But now Yahweh has spoken, saying, "Within three years, as a worker bound by contract would count them, the glory of Moab shall be brought into contempt, with all his great multitude; and the remnant will be very small and feeble."

Isaiah 21:16
For the Lord said to me, "Within a year, as a worker bound by contract would count it, all the glory of Kedar will fail,

Jeremiah 32:10
And I subscribed the contract, and sealed it, and took witnesses, and weighed him the money in the balances.




Contracts by Consummating in the Presence of the Public at the Gate of the City

Contracts by Erecting a Heap of Stones

Contracts by Joining Hands

Contracts by Oaths

Contracts by Taking off the Shoe

Contracts for Cattle

Contracts with Salt

Contracts: Between Abraham and Abimelech, Concerning Wells of Water

Contracts: Between Solomon and Hiram

Contracts: Dissolved by Blotting Out

Contracts: Dissolved by Mutual Consent

Contracts: First Contract Between Laban and Jacob for Laban's Daughter

Contracts: Modes of Ratifying by Giving Presents

Contracts: Scriptures Illustrative of the Binding Force of

Contracts: Second Contract

Contracts: Violated

Contracts: Written Instrument

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