What does contract mean?

Definitions for contract
n., adj., and usu. for v. 16–18, 22, 23 ˈkɒn trækt; otherwise v. kənˈtræktcon·tract

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word contract.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. contract(noun)

    a binding agreement between two or more persons that is enforceable by law

  2. contract, declaration(noun)

    (contract bridge) the highest bid becomes the contract setting the number of tricks that the bidder must make

  3. contract, contract bridge(verb)

    a variety of bridge in which the bidder receives points toward game only for the number of tricks he bid

  4. contract, undertake(verb)

    enter into a contractual arrangement

  5. sign, contract, sign on, sign up(verb)

    engage by written agreement

    "They signed two new pitchers for the next season"

  6. compress, constrict, squeeze, compact, contract, press(verb)

    squeeze or press together

    "she compressed her lips"; "the spasm contracted the muscle"

  7. 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"

  8. shrink, contract(verb)

    become smaller or draw together

    "The fabric shrank"; "The balloon shrank"

  9. contract(verb)

    make smaller

    "The heat contracted the woollen garment"

  10. condense, concentrate, contract(verb)

    compress or concentrate

    "Congress condensed the three-year plan into a six-month plan"

  11. narrow, contract(verb)

    make or become more narrow or restricted

    "The selection was narrowed"; "The road narrowed"

  12. abridge, foreshorten, abbreviate, shorten, cut, contract, reduce(verb)

    reduce in scope while retaining essential elements

    "The manuscript must be shortened"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contract(noun)

    to draw together or nearer; to reduce to a less compass; to shorten, narrow, or lessen; as, to contract one's sphere of action

    Etymology: [L. contractus, p. p.]

  2. Contract(noun)

    to draw together so as to wrinkle; to knit

    Etymology: [L. contractus, p. p.]

  3. Contract(noun)

    to bring on; to incur; to acquire; as, to contract a habit; to contract a debt; to contract a disease

    Etymology: [L. contractus, p. p.]

  4. Contract(noun)

    to enter into, with mutual obligations; to make a bargain or covenant for

    Etymology: [L. contractus, p. p.]

  5. Contract(noun)

    to betroth; to affiance

    Etymology: [L. contractus, p. p.]

  6. Contract(noun)

    to shorten by omitting a letter or letters or by reducing two or more vowels or syllables to one

    Etymology: [L. contractus, p. p.]

  7. Contract(verb)

    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

    Etymology: [L. contractus, p. p.]

  8. Contract(verb)

    to make an agreement; to covenant; to agree; to bargain; as, to contract for carrying the mail

    Etymology: [L. contractus, p. p.]

  9. Contract(adj)

    contracted; as, a contract verb

    Etymology: [L. contractus, p. p.]

  10. Contract(adj)

    contracted; affianced; betrothed

    Etymology: [L. contractus, p. p.]

  11. Contract(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [L. contractus, p. p.]

  12. Contract(noun)

    a formal writing which contains the agreement of parties, with the terms and conditions, and which serves as a proof of the obligation

    Etymology: [L. contractus, p. p.]

  13. Contract(noun)

    the act of formally betrothing a man and woman

    Etymology: [L. contractus, p. p.]

Freebase

  1. Contract

    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

  1. Contract

    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. contractuscon, together, trahĕre, to draw.]

Editors Contribution

  1. contract

    To agree and create a fair, just, concise and transparent commitment.

    The procurement contracts are simple, concise and transparent.

    Submitted by MaryC on October 21, 2020  
  2. contract

    To create a fair, just, concise and transparent agreement.

    They created a contract for their services to another company based on trust, understanding and agreement.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 16, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'contract' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #867

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'contract' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1156

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'contract' in Nouns Frequency: #249

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'contract' in Verbs Frequency: #822

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of contract in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of contract in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of contract in a Sentence

  1. Chief Executive Ashley Almanza:

    We have no intention of getting out of the contract, we are there, we are working extremely closely and I think, well with the customer, to deliver this contract in extremely challenging conditions.

  2. Paul McCartney:

    If anyone earned the title of the fifth Beatle it was George, from the day that he gave The Beatles our first recording contract, to the last time I saw him, he was the most generous, intelligent and musical person I've ever had the pleasure to know.

  3. Syd Kitson:

    Josh Day wife added : I think we’re pretty all in ! We live here. We work here. Babcock Ranch, near Fort Myers on state’s west coast, was developed from the beginning with a massive solar power farm generating 100 percent of the electric needs. About 350,000 photovoltaic solar panels stretch across a swath of land the size of 200 football fields. When developer Syd Kitson, a former NFL lineman with the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers, bought the 17,000-acre property, it was all old mining and farmland. Babcock Ranch, near Fort Myers on state’s west coast, was developed from the beginning with a massive solar power farm generating 100 percent of the electric needs. About 350,000 photovoltaic solar panels stretch across a swath of land the size of 200 football fields. It’s now the country’s first, fully solar city, with a very low carbon footprint, a soon-to-open school, electric shuttles that will eventually be driverless, a cute town square with shops and an emphasis on the environment and preservation. Where most developers would build and sell as many homes as possible, for greater profit, Kitson’s vision from the beginning was preserving most of the open space, now encompassing several lakes and 50 miles of bike trails. The homes run from $ 190,000 to about $ 499,000. Residents can work in the town, but are not required to do so. The fully completed footprint will eventually be 19,500 homes. We think about the way we develop differently …. It’s the most environmentally responsible, the most sustainable new town that’s ever been developed, and, it’s the first solar-powered town in America. And we’re very proud of that. In January, the first two people moved in. Now, there are 150 homes under contract with an expectation that will there will be 250 families moved in by December. Eight developers are now building homes. The vision is a unique creation of a 45,000-person small city. But first came the enormous solar farm. Syd Kitson gave the land to Florida Power Light for free, which then spent more than $ 100,000,000 installing all the panels, wires and storage batteries. That solar-generated power now is shared throughout FPL’s grid, as Babcock Ranch’s demand, at this point, remains very small. John Woolschlager, an urban planningprofessor at nearby Florida Gulf Coast University, said all cities canultimately follow Babcock Ranch’s model, but Florida Gulf Coast University will take years. Babcock Ranch’s huge advantage was that Babcock Ranch huge advantage’s being built from scratch with theself-sustainability and pro-environment philosophy on the ground first.

  4. Labor Thomas Perez:

    The best way to resolve this labor dispute is at the bargaining table, and I am heartened by the parties ’ mutual commitment to get back to immediate discussions and work toward a new contract.

  5. Sebastian Strangio:

    This populist strategy merely reproduces an old pattern in Cambodian politics, which is that improvements in people's lives are treated as a blessing from the powerful, rather than as part of a democratic social contract.

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    an unincorporated business owned by a single person who is responsible for its liabilities and entitled to its profits
    • A. proprietary
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    • C. appellative
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