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

How to pronounce contract?

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How to say contract in sign language?

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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. Ed Hirs:

    If you were the last one to build a pipeline in the Bakken or the last guy to build a processing area in the Eagle Ford, it could be painful, if your producer goes bankrupt, then the court can reject the contract.

  2. Read MoreShe:

    So I used to teach contract law. And I thought I would make this easy. I wrote up a release and covenant not to sue. And all that Mayor Bloomberg has to do is download it. I'll text it, sign it. And then the women, or men, will be free to speak and tell their own stories.

  3. Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos:

    Our word is a contract. We have done what we promised and hence the IMF and Germany must provide a solution that is feasible, a solution for the debt that will open a clear horizon for investors.

  4. Robert Jensen:

    For airlines: no contract, no response.

  5. Jerardo Olivarez:

    Stan Lee told me I had given Stan Lee a new lease on life after Mrs. Lee's passing, i had looked out for Stan Lee during recent contract negotiations with Pow ! [ Entertainment ]. Stan Lee gave me a check as a thank-you.

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