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Definitions of contract

  1. reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; " The manuscript must be shortened"
  2. squeeze or press together; " she compressed her lips"; " the muscle contracted"
  3. compress or concentrate; " Congress condensed the three- year plan into a six- month plan"
  4. engage by written agreement; " They signed two new pitchers for the next season"
  5. a variety of bridge in which the bidder receives points toward game only for the number of tricks he bid
  6. a binding agreement between two or more persons that is enforceable by law
  7. ( contract bridge) the highest bid becomes the contract setting the number of tricks that the bidder must make
  8. be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness; " He got AIDS"; " She came down with pneumonia"; " She took a chill"
  9. make or become more narrow or restricted; " The selection was narrowed"; " The road narrowed"
  10. enter into a contractual arrangement
  11. become smaller or draw together; " The fabric shrank"; " The balloon shrank"
  12. make smaller; " The heat contracted the woollen garment"
  13. squeeze or press together; " she compressed her lips"; " the spasm contracted the muscle"
  14. To draw together or nearer; to reduce to a less compass; to shorten, narrow, or lessen; as, to contract one's sphere of action.
  15. To draw together so as to wrinkle; to knit.
  16. To bring on; to incur; to acquire; as, to contract a habit; to contract a debt; to contract a disease.
  17. To enter into, with mutual obligations; to make a bargain or covenant for.
  18. To betroth; to affiance.
  19. To shorten by omitting a letter or letters or by reducing two or more vowels or syllables to one.
  20. 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.
  21. To make an agreement; to covenant; to agree; to bargain; as, to contract for carrying the mail.
  22. Contracted; as, a contract verb.
  23. Contracted; affianced; betrothed.
  24. 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.
  25. A formal writing which contains the agreement of parties, with the terms and conditions, and which serves as a proof of the obligation.
  26. The act of formally betrothing a man and woman.
  27. 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.
  28. To draw closer together; shorten; condense; wrinkle; to become affected with; acquire; to establish by formal agreement; betroth.
  29. To shrink; bargain or agree to do something; make a promise of marriage.
  30. A written agreement.
  31. To draw together: to lessen: to shorten: to acquire: to incur: to bargain for: to betroth.
  32. To shrink: to become less.
  33. An agreement on fixed terms: a bond: a betrothment: the writing containing an agreement.
  34. An agreement; bargain.
  35. To draw together; lessen; shorten; incur.
  36. To shrink; bargain for.
  37. To draw together; narrow; limit; shorten; condense.
  38. To take; become affected with, as a disease.
  39. To shrink.
  40. To make a contract.
  41. A formal agreement, or the writing containing it.
  42. 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.
  43. To draw together; to draw into less compass; to abridge; to shorten; to betroth; to bring on; to acquire; to incur.
  44. To shrink; to become shorter or narrower; to bargain; to form a contract.
  45. 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.
  46. 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.
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Usage examples for contract

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. It is a long time since that contract was signed, monsieur. – The Regent's Daughter by Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  4. You've bought this contract? – Caribbee by Thomas Hoover
  5. The marriage- contract had been read and signed at six o'clock, just before a grand dinner. – The Clique of Gold by Emile Gaboriau
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. The delay on his contract might not be so serious. – Tom Grogan by F. Hopkinson Smith
  11. 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
  12. I've got a standard Screen Actors Guild contract, and everything is strictly by the rules. – Life Blood by Thomas Hoover
  13. The Hebrew could only be an evedh, a servant by contract, for six years, Ex. – Is Slavery Sanctioned by the Bible? by Isaac Allen
  14. Do you intend to say that the price of your silence is this contract? – The Lady Doc by Caroline Lockhart
  15. Marriage is an ideal, you know, as well as- as a contract. – The Whirligig of Time by Wayland Wells Williams
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