- 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
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