contract

[con┬Ětract]

When you and someone else have agreed on something and that agreement is both binding and enforceable by law, you have a contract. When you rent an apartment, you and your future landlord sign a rental contract.

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To draw together or nearer; to reduce to a less compass; to shorten, narrow, or lesen; as, to contract one's shpere of action.

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

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

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

Verb
be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness; "He got AIDS"; "She came down with pneumonia"; "She took a chill"

Verb
become smaller or draw together; "The fabric shrank"; "The balloon shrank"

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Verb
reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The manuscript must be shortened"

Verb
make or become more narrow or restricted; "The selection was narrowed"; "The road narrowed"

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compress or concentrate; "Congress condensed the three-year plan into a six-month plan"

Verb
enter into a contractual arrangement

Verb
make smaller; "The heat contracted the woollen garment"

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squeeze or press together; "she compressed her lips"; "the spasm contracted the muscle"

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engage by written agreement; "They signed two new pitchers for the next season"


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

n.
To draw together so as to wrinkle; to knit.

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

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

n.
To betroth; to affiance.

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

v. i.
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.

v. i.
To make an agreement; to covenant; to agree; to bargain; as, to contract for carrying the mail.

a.
Contracted; as, a contract verb.

a.
Contracted; affianced; betrothed.

n.
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.

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

n.
The act of formally betrothing a man and woman.


Contract

Con*tract" , v. t. [imp. & p.p. Contracted; p.pr. & vb.n. Contracting.] [L. contractus, p.p. of contrahere to contract; con- + trahere to draw: cf. F. contracter. See Trace, and cf. Contract, n.] 1. To draw together or nearer; to reduce to a less compass; to shorten, narrow, or lesen; as, to contract one's shpere of action.
In all things desuetude doth contract and narrow our faculties.
2. To draw together so as to wrinkle; to knit.
Thou didst contract and purse thy brow.
3. To bring on; to incur; to acquire; as, to contract a habit; to contract a debt; to contract a disease.
Each from each contract new strength and light.
Such behavior we contract by having much conversed with persons of high statir.
4. To enter into, with mutual obligations; to make a bargain or covenant for.
We have contracted an inviolable amity, peace, and lague with the aforesaid queen.
Many persons . . . had contracted marriage within the degrees of consanguinity . . . prohibited by law.
5. To betroth; to affiance.
The truth is, she and I, long since contracted, Are now so sure, that nothing can dissolve us.
6. (Gram.) To shorten by omitting a letter or letters or by reducing two or more vowels or syllables to one. Syn. -- To shorten; abridge; epitomize; narrow; lessen; condense; reduce; confine; incur; assume.

Contract

Con*tract" , v. i. 1. 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.
Years contracting to a moment.
2. To make an agreement; to covenant; to agree; to bargain; as, to contract for carrying the mail.

Contract

Con"tract , a. Contracted: as, a contract verb. Goodwin.

Contract

Con*tract" , a. [L. contractus, p.p.] Contracted; affianced; betrothed. [Obs.] Shak.

Contract

Con"tract , n. [L. contractus, fr. contrahere: cf. F. contrat, formerly also contract.] 1. (Law) 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. Wharton. 2. A formal writing which contains the agreement of parties, with the terms and conditions, and which serves as a proof of the obligation. 3. The act of formally betrothing a man and woman.
This is the the night of the contract.
Syn. -- Covenant; agreement; compact; stipulation; bargain; arrangement; obligation. See Covenant.

To draw together or nearer; to reduce to a less compass; to shorten, narrow, or lesen; as, to contract one's shpere of action.

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.

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.

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Usage Examples

I had been offered a Hollywood contract before my 18th birthday. It gave me the spark I needed.

At the end of drama school, I made a contract with myself: I'd try acting for five years. I was 26. I had already spent eight years working in restaurants and gas stations. So I had seen enough small businesses to understand that that's what acting is: a small business.

If your goal is to be the biggest movie star in the world, a 10-movie contract is gold. It was never my goal. Up until now, I made movies - and I have a nice house, a nice car. I'm fortunate, happy and grateful. Life is good.

I'm very excited about my new agreement with the Heat. This contract allows me to address all of my family's long-term financial goals while allowing the Heat the ability to acquire those players that we need to win a championship.

In fact, I believe the first companies that make an effort to develop an authentic, transparent, and meaningful social contract with their fans and customers will turn out to be the ones that are the most successful in the future. While brands that refuse to make the effort will lose stature and customer loyalty.

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.

Also, when you escape a Communist regime, you treasure liberty and you understand that as government and state expand, liberty must contract.

It is the work of fancy to enlarge, but of judgment to shorten and contract and therefore this must be as far above the other as judgment is a greater and nobler faculty than fancy or imagination.

It's learning how to negotiate to keep both sides happy - whether it's for a multi-million dollar contract or just which show to watch on TV, that determines the quality and enjoyment of our lives.

Misspelled Form

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Other Usage Examples

In terms of the legal matter of creating a contract between two people that's called marriage, and allowing them to live together with the protection of law, it seems to me is the way we should be moving in this country.

Marriage is a financial contract I have enough contracts already.

I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage. But when you start playing around with constitutions, just to prohibit somebody who cares about another person, it just seems to me that's not what America's about. Usually, our constitutions expand liberties, they don't contract them.

I'm 0 for 3 with marriage - the scoreboard doesn't lie, never has. So what we all have is a marriage of the heart. To sully or contaminate or radically disrespect this union with a shameful contract is something that I will leave to the amateurs and the Bible grippers.

Marriage is not simply a romantic union between two people it's also a political and economic contract of the highest order.

A marriage contract to me is as binding as any in business, and I have always believed in sticking to an agreement.

A good businessman never makes a contract unless he's sure he can carry it through, yet every fool on earth is perfectly willing to sign a marriage contract without considering whether he can live up to it or not.

At its most basic the democratic contract is a simple one: the right to vote comes with a responsibility to society, through tax payments and citizenship.

If the label presents them with a contract that the band don't want to sign, all the label has to do is wait. There are a hundred other bands willing to sign the exact same contract, so the label is in a position of strength.

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