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Meaning & Definition of Contract in English

English

Contract

/kɑntrækt/

noun

1. A binding agreement between two or more persons that is enforceable by law

    synonym:
  • contract

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

    synonym:
  • contract
  • ,
  • declaration

3. A variety of bridge in which the bidder receives points toward game only for the number of tricks he bid

    synonym:
  • contract
  • ,
  • contract bridge

verb

1. Enter into a contractual arrangement

    synonym:
  • contract
  • ,
  • undertake

2. Engage by written agreement

  • "They signed two new pitchers for the next season"
    synonym:
  • sign
  • ,
  • contract
  • ,
  • sign on
  • ,
  • sign up

3. Squeeze or press together

  • "She compressed her lips"
  • "The spasm contracted the muscle"
    synonym:
  • compress
  • ,
  • constrict
  • ,
  • squeeze
  • ,
  • compact
  • ,
  • contract
  • ,
  • press

4. Be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness

  • "He got aids"
  • "She came down with pneumonia"
  • "She took a chill"
    synonym:
  • contract
  • ,
  • take
  • ,
  • get

5. Become smaller or draw together

  • "The fabric shrank"
  • "The balloon shrank"
    synonym:
  • shrink
  • ,
  • contract

6. Make smaller

  • "The heat contracted the woollen garment"
    synonym:
  • contract

7. Compress or concentrate

  • "Congress condensed the three-year plan into a six-month plan"
    synonym:
  • condense
  • ,
  • concentrate
  • ,
  • contract

8. Make or become more narrow or restricted

  • "The selection was narrowed"
  • "The road narrowed"
    synonym:
  • narrow
  • ,
  • contract

9. Reduce in scope while retaining essential elements

  • "The manuscript must be shortened"
    synonym:
  • abridge
  • ,
  • foreshorten
  • ,
  • abbreviate
  • ,
  • shorten
  • ,
  • cut
  • ,
  • contract
  • ,
  • reduce

Examples of using

Tom translated the contract into French.
I have a contract.
Sign the contract.