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Definitions of contract

  1.   make or become more narrow or restricted; " The selection was narrowed"; " The road narrowed"
  2.   A legally binding agreement involving two or more people or businesses ( called parties) that sets forth what the parties will or will not do. Most contracts that can be carried out within one year can be either oral or written. Major exceptions include contracts involving the ownership of real estate and commercial contracts for goods worth $ 500 or more, which must be in writing to be enforceable. ( See statute of frauds.) A contract is formed when competent parties -- usually adults of sound mind or business entities -- mutually agree to provide each other some benefit ( called consideration), such as a promise to pay money in exchange for a promise to deliver specified goods or services or the actual delivery of those goods and services. A contract normally requires one party to make a reasonably detailed offer to do something -- including, typically, the price, time for performance and other essential terms and conditions -- and the other to accept without significant change. For example, if I offer to sell you ten roses for $ 5 to be delivered next Thursday and you say " It's a deal," we've made a valid contract. On the other hand, if one party fails to offer something of benefit to the other, there is no contract. For example, if Maria promises to fix Josh's car, there is no contract unless Josh promises something in return for Maria's services.
  3.   Contracted; as, a contract verb.
  4.   To draw together or nearer; to reduce to a less compass; to shorten, narrow, or lessen; as, to contract one's sphere of action.
  5.   To shrink.
  6.   To draw together: to lessen: to shorten: to acquire: to incur: to bargain for: to betroth.
  7.   To draw together so as to wrinkle; to knit.
  8.   To shrink; bargain for.
  9.   To make an agreement; to covenant; to agree; to bargain; as, to contract for carrying the mail.
  10.   To betroth; to affiance.
  11.   An agreement; a bargain; the act by which a man and woman are betrothed to each other; the writing which contains the agreement, with the terms and conditions.
  12.   squeeze or press together; " she compressed her lips"; " the spasm contracted the muscle"
  13.   To shorten; to become reduced in size.
  14.   make smaller; " The heat contracted the woollen garment"
  15.   squeeze or press together; " she compressed her lips"; " the muscle contracted"
  16.   reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; " The manuscript must be shortened"
  17.   A formal agreement, or the writing containing it.
  18.   be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness; " He got AIDS"; " She came down with pneumonia"; " She took a chill"
  19.   To shrink; bargain or agree to do something; make a promise of marriage.
  20.   An agreement on fixed terms: a bond: a betrothment: the writing containing an agreement.
  21.   To enter into, with mutual obligations; to make a bargain or covenant for.
  22.   To draw together; to draw into less compass; to abridge; to shorten; to betroth; to bring on; to acquire; to incur.
  23.   ( contract bridge) the highest bid becomes the contract setting the number of tricks that the bidder must make
  24.   To draw closer together; shorten; condense; wrinkle; to become affected with; acquire; to establish by formal agreement; betroth.
  25.   enter into a contractual arrangement
  26.   To draw together; lessen; shorten; incur.
  27.   The act of formally betrothing a man and woman.
  28.   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.
  29.   A written agreement.
  30.   To shrink: to become less.
  31.   a binding agreement between two or more persons that is enforceable by law
  32.   To draw together; narrow; limit; shorten; condense.
  33.   engage by written agreement; " They signed two new pitchers for the next season"
  34.   To take; become affected with, as a disease.
  35.   To shrink; to become shorter or narrower; to bargain; to form a contract.
  36.   To make a contract.
  37.   draw together; " The fabric shrank"
  38.   To shorten by omitting a letter or letters or by reducing two or more vowels or syllables to one.
  39.   To bring on; to incur; to acquire; as, to contract a habit; to contract a debt; to contract a disease.
  40.   a variety of bridge in which the bidder receives points toward game only for the number of tricks he bid
  41.   To draw closer together; to draw into a less compass or bulk; to abridge; to wrinkle, as the brow; to betroth; to acquire, as a habit; to incur, as a debt; to bring on, as a disease; to bargain; to shrink or become shorter.
  42.   A formal writing which contains the agreement of parties, with the terms and conditions, and which serves as a proof of the obligation.
  43.   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.
  44.   An agreement; a mutual promise; a bargain; the writing which contains the terms and conditions of the agreement between two or more persons; an act of betrothment.
  45.   compress or concentrate; " Congress condensed the three- year plan into a six- month plan"
  46.   Contracted; affianced; betrothed.
  47.   become smaller or draw together; " The fabric shrank"; " The balloon shrank"
  48.   An agreement; bargain.
  49.   To arrange by contract.

Quotes of contract

  1. Under my contract with Capitol, I have complete freedom to do just about anything I want in my own way. – Les Baxter
  2. An easily accessible and transparent database of contract information will bring sunshine into the confusing and sometimes shadowy practice of government contracting. – Tom Coburn
  3. In my early days I was a contract player at Universal and I had a wonderful mentor named Monique James, who was head of talent there, and she used to drag me on sets to do parts. – Sharon Gless
  4. The plan was that I was going to retire and take a job with the American Federation, but Nottingham Forest offered me a contract and there was interest from West Ham and another Premiership club. – Richard Gough
  5. Wall Street sees a social fabric or social contract as inefficiencies, which need to be removed. – David Korten
  6. I never stopped working, but I did let my contract run out. And I didn't really actively pursue it. – Juice Newton
  7. What makes the Universal Declaration an epochal document is first of all its global impetus and secondly the breadth of its claims, a commitment to a new social contract binding on all the Governments of the world. – John Charles Polanyi
  8. The oldest theory of contract is I think negative. – Frederick Pollock
  9. It's a pretty sure thing that the player's bat is what speaks loudest when it's contract time, but there are moments when the glove has the last word. – Brooks Robinson
  10. So, when I got the contract for my album, even though it was an English record, my manager insisted on making sure we would record in Spanish as well, and it worked out really well for me. – Jon Secada
  11. Which to this day is a source of enormous guilt, because I left with three classes to go in the business school to sign a contract with 20th Century Fox. – Tom Selleck
  12. It's a very sobering feeling to be up in space and realize that one's safety factor was determined by the lowest bidder on a government contract – Alan Shepard
  13. And my rookie contract my first rookie contract was for $5, 000. – Don Shula
  14. She's been a smack addict, she's had big success in Europe in the '70s, and she's lost everything. She's been rediscovered in the '80s, and as we meet her she's just about to sign a new recording contract – Neil Tennant
  15. I've never signed any contract and never received a cent from Iraq. – Vladimir Zhirinovsky

Usage examples for contract

  1. When did you sign this contract – A Daughter of the Land by Gene Stratton-Porter
  2. But in matter of fact we must cross on the survey agreed on in the contract for a right- of- way deed. ” – Whispering Smith by Frank H. Spearman
  3. You've bought this contract – Caribbee by Thomas Hoover
  4. The delay on his contract might not be so serious. ” – Tom Grogan by F. Hopkinson Smith
  5. Much of the work was let out on contract – Tramping Through Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras Being the Random Notes of an Incurable Vagabond by Harry A. Franck
  6. We shan't need a written contract – A Poached Peerage by William Magnay
  7. Marriage is an ideal, you know, as well as- as a contract – The Whirligig of Time by Wayland Wells Williams
  8. “ I expected to see him look surprised, but he simply sat down at the table, read the contract over, and signed it. ” – Caves of Terror by Talbot Mundy
  9. It is a long time since that contract was signed, monsieur. ” – The Regent's Daughter by Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  10. Yes, I just 'soared' over to the hotel and signed my contract with Mr. Ponk and the other two members in good standing, or whatever they are." ” – The Reclaimers by Margaret Hill McCarter
  11. Do you intend to say that the price of your silence is this contract – The Lady Doc by Caroline Lockhart
  12. It happens that I took an option on Blount's Paymaster stock, but when I offered the payment he protested the contract and took the case to court. ” – Shadow Mountain by Dane Coolidge
  13. I've got a standard Screen Actors Guild contract and everything is strictly by the rules. ” – Life Blood by Thomas Hoover
  14. Now when this is completely done, and all has been fastened and made firm, perhaps some new change of temperature may occur, and the rock begin to contract again. ” – The Ethics of the Dust by John Ruskin
  15. Nay, to make it quite plain to you, I may add, if it were only to set your mind at ease with regard to your marriage contract that I am now in a position which leaves me with nothing to wish for- Thanks to me! ” – Cousin Betty by Honore de Balzac
  16. Again, the cast metal is liable to contract in cooling more in one direction than in another. ” – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  17. Well, that was all well and good, and I'd liked to have carried out my part of the contract and was willing, and am still. ” – A Protegee of Jack Hamlin's and Other Stories by Bret Harte
  18. Anyhow, I've taken this contract and I've got to stay with it. ” – The Girl From Keller's Sadie's Conquest by Harold Bindloss
  19. The marriage- contract had been read and signed at six o'clock, just before a grand dinner. ” – The Clique of Gold by Emile Gaboriau
  20. The Hebrew could only be an evedh, a servant by contract for six years, Ex. ” – Is Slavery Sanctioned by the Bible? by Isaac Allen

Idioms for contract