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Definitions of contract

  1. reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The manuscript must be shortened" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. squeeze or press together; "she compressed her lips"; "the muscle contracted" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. compress or concentrate; "Congress condensed the three-year plan into a six-month plan" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. engage by written agreement; "They signed two new pitchers for the next season" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a variety of bridge in which the bidder receives points toward game only for the number of tricks he bid Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. a binding agreement between two or more persons that is enforceable by law Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. (contract bridge) the highest bid becomes the contract setting the number of tricks that the bidder must make Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness; "He got AIDS"; "She came down with pneumonia"; "She took a chill" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. draw together; "The fabric shrank" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. make or become more narrow or restricted; "The selection was narrowed"; "The road narrowed" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. enter into a contractual arrangement Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. become smaller or draw together; "The fabric shrank"; "The balloon shrank" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  13. make smaller; "The heat contracted the woollen garment" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  14. squeeze or press together; "she compressed her lips"; "the spasm contracted the muscle" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  15. To draw together or nearer; to reduce to a less compass; to shorten, narrow, or lessen; as, to contract one's sphere of action. Newage Dictionary DB
  16. To draw together so as to wrinkle; to knit. Newage Dictionary DB
  17. To bring on; to incur; to acquire; as, to contract a habit; to contract a debt; to contract a disease. Newage Dictionary DB
  18. To enter into, with mutual obligations; to make a bargain or covenant for. Newage Dictionary DB
  19. To betroth; to affiance. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. To shorten by omitting a letter or letters or by reducing two or more vowels or syllables to one. Newage Dictionary DB
  21. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  22. To make an agreement; to covenant; to agree; to bargain; as, to contract for carrying the mail. Newage Dictionary DB
  23. Contracted; as, a contract verb. Newage Dictionary DB
  24. Contracted; affianced; betrothed. Newage Dictionary DB
  25. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  26. A formal writing which contains the agreement of parties, with the terms and conditions, and which serves as a proof of the obligation. Newage Dictionary DB
  27. The act of formally betrothing a man and woman. Newage Dictionary DB
  28. A legally binding agreement involving two or more people or businesses (called parties) that sets forth what the parties will or will not do. Most contracts that can be carried out within one year can be either oral or written. Major exceptions include contracts involving the ownership of real estate and commercial contracts for goods worth $500 or more, which must be in writing to be enforceable. (See statute of frauds.) A contract is formed when competent parties -- usually adults of sound mind or business entities -- mutually agree to provide each other some benefit (called consideration), such as a promise to pay money in exchange for a promise to deliver specified goods or services or the actual delivery of those goods and services. A contract normally requires one party to make a reasonably detailed offer to do something -- including, typically, the price, time for performance and other essential terms and conditions -- and the other to accept without significant change. For example, if I offer to sell you ten roses for $5 to be delivered next Thursday and you say "It's a deal," we've made a valid contract. On the other hand, if one party fails to offer something of benefit to the other, there is no contract. For example, if Maria promises to fix Josh's car, there is no contract unless Josh promises something in return for Maria's services.
  29. To draw closer together; shorten; condense; wrinkle; to become affected with; acquire; to establish by formal agreement; betroth. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  30. To shrink; bargain or agree to do something; make a promise of marriage. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  31. A written agreement. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  32. To shorten; to become reduced in size. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  33. To draw together: to lessen: to shorten: to acquire: to incur: to bargain for: to betroth. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  34. To shrink: to become less. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  35. An agreement on fixed terms: a bond: a betrothment: the writing containing an agreement. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  36. An agreement; bargain. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  37. To draw together; lessen; shorten; incur. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  38. To shrink; bargain for. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  39. To draw together; narrow; limit; shorten; condense. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  40. To take; become affected with, as a disease. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  41. To arrange by contract. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  42. To shrink. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  43. To make a contract. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  44. A formal agreement, or the writing containing it. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  45. An agreement; a bargain; the act by which a man and woman are betrothed to each other; the writing which contains the agreement, with the terms and conditions. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  46. To draw together; to draw into less compass; to abridge; to shorten; to betroth; to bring on; to acquire; to incur. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  47. To shrink; to become shorter or narrower; to bargain; to form a contract. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  48. An agreement; a mutual promise; a bargain; the writing which contains the terms and conditions of the agreement between two or more persons; an act of betrothment. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  49. To draw closer together; to draw into a less compass or bulk; to abridge; to wrinkle, as the brow; to betroth; to acquire, as a habit; to incur, as a debt; to bring on, as a disease; to bargain; to shrink or become shorter. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  50. kon-trakt', v.t. to draw together: to lessen: to shorten: to acquire: to incur: to bargain for: to betroth.--v.i. to shrink: to become less.--n. CON'TRACT, an agreement on fixed terms: a bond: a betrothment: the writing containing an agreement.--adj. CONTRACT'ED, drawn together: narrow: mean.--adv. CONTRACT'EDLY.--ns. CONTRACT'EDNESS; CONTRACTIBIL'ITY, CONTRACT'IBLENESS.--adjs. CONTRACT'IBLE, capable of being contracted; CONTRACT'ILE, tending or having power to contract.--ns. CONTRACTIL'ITY; CONTRAC'TION, act of contracting: a word shortened by rejecting a part of it: a symbol for shortening in palæography, &c.--adj. CONTRACT'IVE, tending to contract.--n. CONTRACT'OR, one of the parties to a bargain or agreement: one who engages to execute work or furnish supplies at a fixed rate.--adj. CONTRACT'UAL.--CONTRACT ONE'S SELF OUT OF, to get rid of some general obligation by making a special contract; CONTRACT WORK, work done for a fixed sum estimated beforehand and paid down for the whole job. [L. contractus--con, together, trah[)e]re, to draw.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  51. Agreement between parties, States, &c.; business agreement for supply of goods or performance of work at fixed price; agreement enforceable by law (NUDE c.); accepted promise to do or forbear; formal agreement for marriage; conveyance of property. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  52. Enter into business or legal engagement (to do, for doing, for piece of work, or abs.); c. oneself out of, free oneself by contract from; c. (enter into) marriage; form (friendship, habit); incur (debt); draw together (muscles, brow, &c.); make smaller, whence contractibility n., contractible a.; restrict, confine, (lit. & fig.); (Gram.) shorten (word) by combination or elision; shrink, become smaller; (p.p.) narrow, mean, (of ideas &c.). [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  53. c. oneself out of, c. out of, forgo (rights &c.) by contract. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  54. n. A compact or bargain; —an agreement or covenant; —formal writing containing such agreement; —the act or deed of betrothal. Cabinet Dictionary
  55. A bargain, a compact ; an act whereby a man and woman are betrothed to one another ; a writing in which the terms of a bargain are included. Complete Dictionary

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