Contract etymology


English word contract comes from Latin tractare, Latin con-

Etymology of contract

Detailed word origin of contract

Dictionary entry Language Definition
tractare Latin (lat)
con- Latin (lat) Used in compounds to indicate a being or bringing together of several objects. Used in compounds to indicate the completeness, perfecting of any act, and thus gives intensity to the signification of the simple word.
contrahere Latin (lat)
contractum Latin (lat)
contracter Middle French (ca. 1400-1600) (frm)
contract English (en) (ambitransitive) To draw together or nearer; to shorten, narrow, or lessen.. (grammar) To shorten by omitting a letter or letters or by reducing two or more vowels or syllables to one.. (intransitive) To make an agreement or contract; to covenant; to agree; to bargain.. (transitive) To bring on; to incur; to acquire.. (transitive) To enter into a contract with. (Can we add an example for [...]

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