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contract

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noun con·tract \ˈkän-ˌtrakt\

Simple Definition of contract

  • : a legal agreement between people, companies, etc.

  • : a document on which the words of a contract are written

  • : an agreement to kill a person for money

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of contract

  1. 1 a :  a binding agreement between two or more persons or parties; especially :  one legally enforceable b :  a business arrangement for the supply of goods or services at a fixed price <make parts on contract> c :  the act of marriage or an agreement to marry

  2. 2 :  a document describing the terms of a contract

  3. 3 :  the final bid to win a specified number of tricks in bridge

  4. 4 :  an order or arrangement for a hired assassin to kill someone <his enemies put out a contract on him>

Examples of contract in a sentence

  1. The contract requires him to finish work by the end of the year.

  2. I tore up the contract.

  3. Have you signed the contract yet?



Origin of contract

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin contractus, from contrahere to draw together, make a contract, reduce in size, from com- + trahere to draw


First Known Use: 14th century


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contract

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verb con·tract \vt 2a & vi 1 usually ˈkän-ˌtrakt, others usually kən-ˈ\

Simple Definition of contract

  • : to make (something) smaller or shorter

  • : to become smaller

  • : to become ill with (a disease)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of contract

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to bring on oneself especially inadvertently :  incur <contracting debts> b :  to become affected with <contract pneumonia>

  3. 2 a :  to establish or undertake by contract <contract a job> b :  betroth; also :  to establish (a marriage) formally c (1) :  to hire by contract <contract a lawyer> (2) :  to purchase (as goods or services) on a contract basis —often used with out

  4. 3 a :  limit, restrict <contract the scope of their activities> b :  knit, wrinkle <frown contracted his brow> c :  to draw together :  concentrate

  5. 4 :  to reduce to smaller size by or as if by squeezing or forcing together <contract a muscle>

  6. 5 :  to shorten (as a word) by omitting one or more sounds or letters

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1 :  to make a contract

  9. 2 :  to draw together so as to become diminished in size <metal contracts on cooling>; also :  to become less in compass, duration, or length <muscle contracts in tetanus>

contractibility play \kən-ˌtrak-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē, ˌkän-\ noun
contractible play \kən-ˈtrak-tə-bəl, ˈkän-ˌ\ adjective

Examples of contract in a sentence

  1. She contracted her lips into a frown.

  2. The muscle expands and then contracts.

  3. The hot metal contracted as it cooled.



Origin of contract

Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French contracter to agree upon, from Latin contractus


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of contract

contract, shrink, condense, compress, constrict, deflate mean to decrease in bulk or volume. contract applies to a drawing together of surfaces or particles or a reduction of area or length <caused her muscles to contract>. shrink implies a contracting or a loss of material and stresses a falling short of original dimensions <the sweater will shrink when washed>. condense implies a reducing of something homogeneous to greater compactness without significant loss of content <condense the essay into a paragraph>. compress implies a pressing into a small compass and definite shape usually against resistance <compressed cotton into bales>. constrict implies a tightening that reduces diameter <the throat is constricted by a tight collar>. deflate implies a contracting by reducing the internal pressure of contained air or gas <deflate the balloon>.

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contract

adjective con·tract

Definition of contract

  1. :  hired to execute a contract <a contract worker> <a contract killer>



1936

First Known Use of contract

1936



CONTRACT Defined for Kids

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contract

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noun con·tract \ˈkän-ˌtrakt\

Definition of contract for Students

  1. 1 :  a legal agreement

  2. 2 :  a written document that shows the terms and conditions of a legal agreement




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contract

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verb con·tract \kən-ˈtrakt, 1 is also ˈkän-ˌtrakt\

Definition of contract for Students

contractedcontracting

  1. 1 :  to agree by contract <The property's owner contracted to build a house.>

  2. 2 :  to become sick with :  catch <contract pneumonia>

  3. 3 :  to draw together and make shorter and broader <contract a muscle>

  4. 4 :  to make or become smaller :  shrink <Cold metal contracts.>

  5. 5 :  to make (as a word) shorter by dropping sounds or letters




Medical Dictionary

contract

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verb con·tract \kən-ˈtrakt also ˈkän-ˌtrakt\

Medical Definition of contract

  1. 1:  to become affected with <contract pneumonia>

  2. 2:  to reduce to smaller size by or as if by squeezing or drawing together <treatment…inhibits spindle formation and contracts chromosomes—Ernst Mayr>

  3. 3 of a muscle or muscle fiber :  to cause to undergo contraction; especially :  to cause to shorten and thicken

  4. 1

  5. intransitive verb

  6. :  to draw together so as to become diminished in size

  7. 2 of a muscle or muscle fiber :  to undergo contraction; especially :  to shorten and thicken

contractibility \kən-ˌtrak-tə-ˈbil-ət-ē, ˌkän-\play noun plural contractibilities
contractible \kən-ˈtrak-tə-bəl, ˈkän-ˌ\play adjective



Law Dictionary

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contract

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noun con·tract \ˈkän-ˌtrakt\

Legal Definition of contract

  1. 1 :  an agreement between two or more parties that creates in each party a duty to do or not do something and a right to performance of the other's duty or a remedy for the breach of the other's duty; also :  a document embodying such an agreement — see also accept, 2bargain, breach, cause 4, consent, consideration, duty, meeting of the minds, obligation, offer, performance, promise, rescind, social contract, subcontract, Uniform Commercial Code Editor's note: Contracts must be made by parties with the necessary capacity (as age or mental soundness) and must have a lawful, not criminal, object. Except in Louisiana, a valid contract also requires consideration, mutuality of obligations, and a meeting of the minds. In Louisiana, a valid contract requires the consent of the parties and a cause for the contract in addition to capacity and a lawful object. accessory contract :  a contract (as a security agreement) made to secure the performance of another obligation — compare principal contract in this entry adhesion contract \ad-ˈhē-zhən-\ :  contract of adhesion in this entry aleatory contract :  a contract in which either party's performance is dependent on an uncertain event bilateral contract :  a contract in which both parties have promised to perform — compare unilateral contract in this entry commutative contract in the civil law of Louisiana :  a contract in which the obligations of the parties to perform are equal to each other in value constructive contract :  quasi contract in this entry contract for deed :  land installment contract in this entry contract implied in fact :  implied contract 1 in this entry contract implied in law :  quasi contract in this entry contract of adhesion :  a contract that is not negotiated by the parties and that is usu. embodied in a standardized form prepared by the dominant party contract under seal :  a contract that does not require consideration in order to be binding but that must be sealed, delivered, and show a clear intention of the parties to create a contract under seal Editor's note: Contracts under seal were in use long prior to the development of the requirement of consideration. They originally usu. were impressed with an actual seal, but today the word seal, the abbreviation L.S., or words such as “signed and sealed” or “witness my seal” may take the place of the seal. Without a clear indication of the parties' intention, however, the presence of a seal, such as a corporate seal, is insufficient to create a contract under seal. Contracts under seal have a substantially longer statute of limitations than contracts based on consideration. destination contract :  a contract for goods stipulating that the seller assumes the risk of loss from damage to the goods until they arrive at the destination specified in the contract — compare shipment contract in this entry dual contract :  one of two contracts made by the same parties with regard to the same transaction; specifically :  one of two contracts made with regard to the sale of real estate of which one states an inaccurately high price for the purpose of defrauding a lender into providing a larger loan executory contract :  a contract that sets forth promises that are not yet performed express contract :  a contract created by the explicit language of the parties — compare implied contract in this entry formal contract :  a contract made binding by the observance of required formalities regardless of the giving of consideration; specifically :  a contract that is a contract under seal, a recognizance, a letter of credit, or a negotiable instrument —called also special contract, specialty forward contract :  a privately negotiated investment contract in which a buyer commits to purchase something (as a quantity of a commodity, security, or currency) at a predetermined price on a set future date —called also forward futures contract :  a contract purchased or sold on an exchange in which a party agrees to buy or sell a quantity of a commodity on a specified future date at a set price :  future —called also future contract gratuitous contract in the civil law of Louisiana :  a contract in which one party promises to do something without receiving anything in return — compare onerous contract in this entry guaranteed investment contract :  an investment contract under which an institutional investor deposits a lump sum of money (as a pension fund) with an insurance company that guarantees the return of principal and a specific amount of interest at the end of the contract term; also :  such a contract considered as an investment <purchased a guaranteed investment contract> —called also GIC illusory contract \i-ˈlü-sə-rē-, -zə-\ :  a contract in which at least one party makes an illusory promise implied contract 1 :  a contract that a court infers to exist from the words and conduct of the parties —called also contract implied in fact, implied in fact contract — compare express contract in this entry 2 :  quasi contract in this entry implied in law contract :  quasi contract 1 in this entry informal contract :  any contract that is not a formal contract —called also simple contract innominate contract in the civil law of Louisiana :  a contract that is given no special designation as to its purpose — compare nominate contract in this entry installment contract :  a contract in which performance is tendered in installments (as by separate periodic delivery of goods) investment contract :  an agreement or transaction in which a party invests money in a common enterprise the profits from which are derived from the efforts of others labor contract :  a contract between an employer and a labor union reached through and containing the results of collective bargaining :  collective bargaining agreement land installment contract :  a contract for the purchase of real property in which the seller retains the deed to the property or otherwise continues to have an interest in it until the buyer makes payments in installments equal to the full purchase price or as much of the purchase price as agreed upon —called also contract for deed, land contract maritime contract :  a contract directly relating to the navigation, business, or commerce of the high seas or other navigable waters and falling within the jurisdiction of the admiralty court nominate contract in the civil law of Louisiana :  a contract given a special designation (as sale, insurance, or lease) — compare innominate contract in this entry onerous contract in the civil law of Louisiana :  a contract in which each party obligates himself or herself in exchange for the promise of the other — compare gratuitous contract in this entry option contract :  a contract in which a time period is specified within which an offer must be accepted output contract :  a contract in which the buyer agrees to buy and the seller agrees to sell all of a kind of goods that the seller produces principal contract :  a contract from which a secured obligation arises — compare accessory contract in this entry quasi contract 1 :  an obligation that is not created by a contract but that is imposed by law to prevent the unjust enrichment of one party from the acts of another party —called also contract implied in law, implied in law contract 2 in the civil law of Louisiana :  a lawful and voluntary act that benefits another for which the law imposes an obligation on the beneficiary or a third party to compensate the actor — compare offense 2 requirements contract :  a contract in which the seller agrees to sell and the buyer agrees to buy all of a kind of goods that the buyer requires shipment contract :  a contract in which the seller bears the risk of loss from damage to the goods only until they are brought to the place of shipment — compare destination contract in this entry simple contract :  informal contract in this entry special contract 1 :  a contract containing provisions and stipulations not ordinarily found in contracts of its kind 2 :  formal contract in this entry substituted contract :  a contract between parties to a prior contract that takes the place of and discharges the obligations under the prior contract — compare accord 3, novation synallagmatic contract in the civil law of Louisiana :  bilateral contract in this entry unilateral contract :  a contract in which only one party is obligated to perform — compare bilateral contract in this entry yellow–dog contract :  an illegal employment contract in which a worker disavows membership in and agrees not to join a labor union in order to get a job

  2. 2 :  an insurance policy

  3. 3 :  the study of the law regarding contracts —usually used in plural



Origin of contract

Latin contractus from contrahere to draw together, enter into (a relationship or agreement), from com- with, together + trahere to draw


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contract

transitive verb con·tract

Legal Definition of contract

  1. 1 :  to undertake or establish by a contract

  2. 2 :  to purchase (as goods or services) on a contract basis —often used with out

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to make a contract





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