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The Definition of - contract (verb)

    noun
    1.
    an agreement between two or more parties for the doing or not doing of something specified.
    2.
    an agreement enforceable by law.
    3.
    the written form of such an agreement.
    4.
    the division of law dealing with contracts.
    5.
    Also called contract bridge. a variety of bridge in which the side that wins the bid can earn toward game only that number of tricks named in the contract, additional points being credited above the line.
    Compare auction bridge.
    6.
    1. a commitment by the declarer and his or her partner to take six tricks plus the number specified by the final bid made.
    2. the final bid itself.
    3. the number of tricks so specified, plus six.
    7.
    the formal agreement of marriage; betrothal.
    8.
    Slang. an arrangement for a hired assassin to kill a specific person.
    adjective
    9.
    under contract; governed or arranged by special contract:
    a contract carrier.
    verb (used with object)
    10.
    to draw together or into smaller compass; draw the parts of together:
    to contract a muscle.
    11.
    to wrinkle:
    to contract the brows.
    12.
    to shorten (a word, phrase, etc.) by combining or omitting some of its elements: Contracting “do not” yields “don't.”.
    13.
    to get or acquire, as by exposure to something contagious:
    to contract a disease.
    14.
    to incur, as a liability or obligation:
    to contract a debt.
    15.
    to settle or establish by agreement:
    to contract an alliance.
    16.
    to assign (a job, work, project, etc.) by contract:
    The publisher contracted the artwork.
    17.
    to enter into an agreement with:
    to contract a free-lancer to do the work.
    18.
    to enter into (friendship, acquaintance, etc.).
    19.
    to betroth.
    verb (used without object)
    20.
    to become drawn together or reduced in compass; become smaller; shrink:
    The pupils of his eyes contracted in the light.
    21.
    to enter into an agreement:
    to contract for snow removal.
    Verb phrases
    22.
    contract out, to hire an outside contractor to produce or do.
    Idioms
    23.
    put out a contract on, Slang. to hire or attempt to hire an assassin to kill (someone):
    The mob put out a contract on the informer.

Word Example of - contract

    Example Sentences for contract

    Yet I do not say that some one hath not forged such a contract.

    The wife is obtained by capture, purchase, or later by contract.

    This opinion seems in every respect to bear out Lever's own previous convictions, and to sustain the view he took of his contract.

    It may, perhaps, sound paradoxical to mention the contract of suretyship.

    Both were signed by both interested parties, then Davy paid Finch fifty dollars on his contract and the meeting adjourned.

    The action of debt and the other actions of contract will furnish others.

    They have on the carpet a contract for live-oak from the southern States.

    Moreover there was no other action of contract which could be maintained without a writing.

    The man brought a little more and then he stoutly affirmed that he had fulfilled his part of the contract.

    These concern the sufficiency of the consideration and the moment when the contract is made.

Word Origin & History of - contract

    Word Origin & History

    contract early 14c., from L. contractus, pp. of contrahere "to draw together," metaphorically, "to make a bargain," from com- "together" + trahere "to draw" (see tract (1)). Noun came first, then verb and variant meaning "become narrowed, get smaller," especially of a withered limb (both 17c.). U.S. underworld slang sense of "arrangement to kill someone" first recorded 1940. Related: Contracting (1580s).