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
The contract requires him to finish work by the end of the year.
I tore up the contract.
Have you signed the contract yet? Verb
She contracted her lips into a frown.
The muscle expands and then contracts.
The hot metal contracted as it cooled. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
No team is more thankful than the Miami Dolphins for signing Tyreek Hill to the richest contract for a wide receiver in league history this offseason.USA TODAY, 19 Nov. 2022 There have been rumors linking them with Aaron Judge, the American League MVP outfielder expected to fetch the biggest contract of any player this offseason.Los Angeles Times, 19 Nov. 2022 Glover explained then his actions were a result of the city taking over Harbor Oaks Golf Club, which included acquiring the golf cart contract.
Eplunus Colvin, Arkansas Online, 19 Nov. 2022 Chicago added the most — nearly 150 additional social workers — in part due to staffing promises in the latest teachers union contract.CBS News, 18 Nov. 2022 However, the contract wouldn’t preclude Auburn from outbidding the Rebels.al, 18 Nov. 2022 The contract between the city and Fiserv calls for the building's renovations to start by June 30 and be substantially completed by the end of 2024.
Tom Daykin, Journal Sentinel, 18 Nov. 2022 Last year, Macron accused Morrison of lying to him over the deal and refused to take the Australian leader’s phone calls for weeks after the contract for a dozen submarines was scrapped.
Rod Mcguirk, ajc, 18 Nov. 2022 Once city council approves the contract, the city will ask UCHC to manage a bid process to allow five other organizations which also applied, to help provide the services.
Nushrat Rahman, Detroit Free Press, 18 Nov. 2022
Staff in the county’s Department of Citizen Services requested permission to apply for a $45,000 state grant that would help pay to quarantine homeless individuals who contract COVID-19 in individual hotel rooms.
Sherry Greenfield, Baltimore Sun, 1 Nov. 2022 Most people who contract Covid-19 will suffer only mild, if any, symptoms.
William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 16 June 2022 Studies suggest that around 10 to 20 percent of men that contract COVID-19 experience symptoms linked to male genital tract dysfunction, the Times reports.
Abigail Adams, PEOPLE.com, 4 Mar. 2022 In 1996, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the HHS agency that oversees the 340B program, allowed each hospital to contract with one pharmacy to dispense 340B drugs.
John Michael O'brien, STAT, 31 Oct. 2022 Simmons would then contract with CAAIR for labor at its plants; CAAIR program participants were not paid.
Bill Barrow, Chicago Tribune, 25 Oct. 2022 Simmons would then contract with CAAIR for labor at its plants; CAAIR program participants were not paid.
Bill Barrow, ajc, 25 Oct. 2022 The Florida Department of Transportation disclosed in public records released by the state late Friday laid out that Vertol Systems, a charter airline company, was the vendor Florida hired to contract with airlines to fly the group of Venezuelans.
Benjamin Siegel, ABC News, 12 Oct. 2022 The prisons proposal would essentially allow the Department of Corrections to contract with the state Department of Military Affairs for the activation.
Jim Saunders, Sun Sentinel, 6 Sep. 2022
FC Barcelona have reached a pre-contract agreement with Sevilla's Jules Kounde.
Tom Sanderson, Forbes, 24 July 2022 According to multiple publications, Ball Corporation will now require that non-contract customers order no fewer than five truckloads (roughly one million cans) per each of their beverages starting on January 1.The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Dec. 2021 The company almost never loses workplace arbitrations, though it was hit with a $1 million award in May in a case brought by another ex-contract worker that was similar to Diaz’s.Fortune, 5 Oct. 2021 Throughout the pre-contract process, Pareja said Mueller maintained a professional attitude and a respect for his current club.
Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, 31 July 2021 Mueller was eyeing a potential midseason transfer to a Belgian team according to a report from the Athletic, but ultimately settled on the pre-contract process.
Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, 21 July 2021 That might sound like a lot of work to put in for a business that’s still only a potential client, but a few hours spent during the pre-contract process would have saved me six months of frustration in the long run.
Christopher Tompkins, Forbes, 21 June 2021 Township trustees set aside a pool of up to $155,518 for the 2021 raises, which represents about 3.5% of the $5.4 million payroll for non-contract employees.
Sue Kiesewetter, The Enquirer, 27 Mar. 2021 Also, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said that Kristaps Porzingis was medically cleared to take part in 5-on-0 work and non-contract defensive work on Friday.
Callie Caplan, Dallas News, 18 Dec. 2020 See More
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Noun and Adjective
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin contractus, from contrahere to draw together, make a contract, reduce in size, from com- + trahere to draw
Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French contracter to agree upon, from Latin contractus — see contractentry 1
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.
: 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
: a contract in which either party's performance is dependent on an uncertain event
: a contract in which both parties have promised to perform compare unilateral contract in this entry
in the civil law of Louisiana: a contract in which the obligations of the parties to perform are equal to each other in value
: quasi contract in this entry
—contract for deed
: land installment contract in this entry
—contract implied in fact
: implied contract 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 usually 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
Contracts under seal were in use long prior to the development of the requirement of consideration. They originally usually 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.
: 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
: 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
: a contract that sets forth promises that are not yet performed
: a contract created by the explicit language of the parties compare implied contract in this entry
: 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 alsospecial contract, specialty
: 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
: 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 alsofuture 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
—illusory contract\i-ˈlü-sə-rē-, -zə- \
: a contract in which at least one party makes an illusory promise
: a contract that a court infers to exist from the words and conduct of the parties
called alsocontract implied in fact, implied in fact contract
compare express contract in this entry
: quasi contract in this entry
—implied in law contract
: quasi contract in this entry
: any contract that is not a formal contract
called alsosimple 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
: a contract in which performance is tendered in installments (as by separate periodic delivery of goods)
: 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
: 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 alsocontract for deed, land 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
in the civil law of Louisiana: a contract given a special designation (as sale, insurance, or lease) compare innominate contract in this entry
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
: a contract in which a time period is specified within which an offer must be accepted
: 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
: a contract from which a secured obligation arises compare accessory contract in this entry
: 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 alsocontract implied in law, implied in law contract
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 offensesense 2
: 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
: 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
: informal contract in this entry
: a contract containing provisions and stipulations not ordinarily found in contracts of its kind
: formal contract in this entry
: a contract between parties to a prior contract that takes the place of and discharges the obligations under the prior contract compare accordsense 3, novation
in the civil law of Louisiana: bilateral contract in this entry
: a contract in which only one party is obligated to perform compare bilateral contract in this entry
: 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
: an insurance policy
: the study of the law regarding contracts—usually used in pl.