| \ ˈkän-ˌtrakt
: a binding agreement between two or more persons or parties
: one legally enforceable
If he breaks the contract, he'll be sued.
: a business arrangement for the supply of goods or services at a fixed price
make parts on contract
: the act of marriage or an agreement to marry
: a document describing the terms of a contract
Have you signed the contract yet?
: the final bid to win a specified number of tricks in bridge
: an order or arrangement for a hired assassin to kill someone
His enemies put out a contract on him.
| \ transitive verb sense 2a and intransitive verb sense 1 usually ˈkän-ˌtrakt
, other senses usually kən-ˈtrakt
: to bring on oneself especially inadvertently : incur
: to become affected with
: to establish or undertake by contract
contract a job
: to establish (a marriage) formally
: to hire by contract
contract a lawyer
: to purchase (goods, services, etc.) on a contract basis
—often used with out
: to draw together : concentrate
He contracted his armies into one force
: to reduce to smaller size by or as if by squeezing or forcing together
contract a muscle
: to shorten (a word) by omitting one or more sounds or letters
Contract "forecastle" to "fo'c'sle."
: to make a contract
The builder contracted with them to build a deck.
: to draw together so as to become diminished in size
Metal contracts on cooling.
: to become less in compass, duration, or length
Muscle contracts in tetanus.