- 1 [formal] 1.1 [enfermedad] to contract [formal], to catch 1.2 [obligación] to contract [formal] [deudas] to contract [formal], to incur contraer un compromiso to make a commitment 1.3 [matrimonio] a la edad de 30 años contrajo matrimonio con doña Eva Sáenz at the age of 30 he married o [formal] contracted (a) marriage with Eva Sáenz al casarse contrajo parentesco con la familia más rica de la localidad he married into the wealthiest family in the area
- 2 2.1 [músculo] to contract, tighten, tauten [facciones] to contort con la cara contraída en una mueca de dolor his face contorted into a grimace of pain, his face screwed up with pain el miedo le contraía las entrañas his stomach muscles contracted o tightened with fear 2.2 [metal/material] to cause … to contract, make … contract
contraerse v pron
Here is a selection of useful words and phrases you will need in real-life situations while you're visiting Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries...
The name of Spain's state-run post office is correos. Stamps can be bought in an estanco, although certified or express mail must be sent from a post office (estafeta or oficina de correos). Postboxes in Spain are silver with red and yellow hoops. There are also red boxes for urgent mail. In Latin America correo, in the singular, means both a post office and the mail system.