a binding agreement between two or more persons that is enforceable by law
(contract bridge) the highest bid becomes the contract setting the number of tricks that the bidder must make
contract, contract bridge(verb)
a variety of bridge in which the bidder receives points toward game only for the number of tricks he bid
enter into a contractual arrangement
sign, contract, sign on, sign up(verb)
engage by written agreement
"They signed two new pitchers for the next season"
compress, constrict, squeeze, compact, contract, press(verb)
squeeze or press together
"she compressed her lips"; "the spasm contracted the muscle"
contract, take, get(verb)
be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness
"He got AIDS"; "She came down with pneumonia"; "She took a chill"
become smaller or draw together
"The fabric shrank"; "The balloon shrank"
"The heat contracted the woollen garment"
condense, concentrate, contract(verb)
compress or concentrate
"Congress condensed the three-year plan into a six-month plan"
make or become more narrow or restricted
"The selection was narrowed"; "The road narrowed"
abridge, foreshorten, abbreviate, shorten, cut, contract, reduce(verb)
reduce in scope while retaining essential elements
"The manuscript must be shortened"
to draw together or nearer; to reduce to a less compass; to shorten, narrow, or lessen; as, to contract one's sphere of action
to draw together so as to wrinkle; to knit
to bring on; to incur; to acquire; as, to contract a habit; to contract a debt; to contract a disease
to enter into, with mutual obligations; to make a bargain or covenant for
to betroth; to affiance
to shorten by omitting a letter or letters or by reducing two or more vowels or syllables to one
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
to make an agreement; to covenant; to agree; to bargain; as, to contract for carrying the mail
contracted; as, a contract verb
contracted; affianced; betrothed
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
a formal writing which contains the agreement of parties, with the terms and conditions, and which serves as a proof of the obligation
the act of formally betrothing a man and woman
Origin: [L. contractus, p. p.]
A contract is an agreement having a lawful object entered into voluntarily by two or more parties, each of whom intends to create one or more legal obligations between them. The elements of a contract are "offer" and "acceptance" by "competent persons" having legal capacity who exchange "consideration" to create "mutuality of obligation." Proof of some or all of these elements may be done in writing, though contracts may be made entirely orally or by conduct. The remedy for breach of contract can be "damages" in the form of compensation of money or specific performance enforced through an injunction. Both of these remedies award the party at loss the "benefit of the bargain" or expectation damages, which are greater than mere reliance damages, as in promissory estoppel. The parties may be natural persons or juristic persons. A contract is a legally enforceable promise or undertaking that something will or will not occur. The word promise can be used as a legal synonym for contract, although care is required as a promise may not have the full standing of a contract, as when it is an agreement without consideration. Contract law varies greatly from one jurisdiction to another, including differences in common law compared to civil law, the impact of received law, particularly from England in common law countries, and of law codified in regional legislation. Regarding Australian Contract Law for example, there are 40 relevant acts which impact on the interpretation of contract at the Commonwealth level, and an additional 26 acts at the level of the state of NSW. In addition there are 6 international instruments or conventions which are applicable for international dealings, such as the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kon-trakt′, v.t. to draw together: to lessen: to shorten: to acquire: to incur: to bargain for: to betroth.—v.i. to shrink: to become less.—n. Con′tract, an agreement on fixed terms: a bond: a betrothment: the writing containing an agreement.—adj. Contract′ed, drawn together: narrow: mean.—adv. Contract′edly.—ns. Contract′edness; Contractibil′ity, Contract′ibleness.—adjs. Contract′ible, capable of being contracted; Contract′ile, tending or having power to contract.—ns. Contractil′ity; Contrac′tion, act of contracting: a word shortened by rejecting a part of it: a symbol for shortening in palæography, &c.—adj. Contract′ive, tending to contract.—n. Contract′or, one of the parties to a bargain or agreement: one who engages to execute work or furnish supplies at a fixed rate.—adj. Contract′ual.—Contract one's self out of, to get rid of some general obligation by making a special contract; Contract work, work done for a fixed sum estimated beforehand and paid down for the whole job. [L. contractus—con, together, trahĕre, to draw.]
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'contract' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #867
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'contract' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1156
Rank popularity for the word 'contract' in Nouns Frequency: #249
Rank popularity for the word 'contract' in Verbs Frequency: #822
The numerical value of contract in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of contract in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on.
Marriage is like signing a 356-page contract without knowing what's in it.
Hollywood is a place where they place you under contract instead of under observation.
Justice is a contract of expediency, entered upon to prevent men harming or being harmed.
The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye. The more light you shine on it, the more it will contract.
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Translations for contract
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- عَقْد, عقدArabic
- kontrakt, müqaviləAzerbaijani
- дагаво́р, кантра́ктBelarusian
- съкращавам се, свивам се, договарям се, хващам, договорBulgarian
- contreure, contracteCatalan, Valencian
- kontrakt, smlouva, nakazit se, zkrátit, uzavřít kontrakt, získat, kontrahovat, podepsat kontrakt, onemocnětCzech
- kontrahieren, Vertrag, zusammenziehenGerman
- contratar, contrato, contraerSpanish
- kontraht, lepingEstonian
- sopimus, vetäytyä, sopimusoikeus, supistua, sairastua, [[tehdä]] [[sopimus]]Finnish
- contrat, contracter, rétracter, recroquevillerFrench
- conradh, conraighIrish
- cùmhnantScottish Gaelic
- התכווץ, נדבק, חוזהHebrew
- herpa, samningurIcelandic
- contratto, contrarre, contrattareItalian
- 契約, 契約する, 契約法学, 収縮する, 罹るJapanese
- კონტრაქტი, ხელშეკრულება, მიახლოებაGeorgian
- sutartis, kontraktasLithuanian
- līgums, kontrakts, sasirgtLatvian
- до́говор, контра́ктMacedonian
- kontrakt, sammentrekke, forminskeNorwegian
- ałgáádeitʼááhNavajo, Navaho
- umowa, kontraktPolish
- contrair, contrair-sePortuguese
- a incheia un contract cu, contractRomanian
- до́гово́р, контра́ктRussian
- уговор, ugovorSerbo-Croatian
- kontrakt, dohoda, zmluvaSlovak
- avtal, smittas, dra ihop, avtala, entreprenad, fördrag, beting, dras samman, minskas, kontrakt, ackord, krympa, överenskommelseSwedish
- kandarasi, kibarua, makandarasiSwahili
- sözleşme, kontratTurkish
- контра́кт, до́говірUkrainian
- hợp đồngVietnamese
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