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Definitions of contract

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. To draw together; lessen; shorten; incur. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. To draw together; narrow; limit; shorten; condense. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. To take; become affected with, as a disease. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. 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.
  8. To shrink: to become less. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. To shrink; bargain for. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The manuscript must be shortened" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. compress or concentrate; "Congress condensed the three-year plan into a six-month plan" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. 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
  13. To shrink. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. To make a contract. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. a binding agreement between two or more persons that is enforceable by law Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  18. become smaller or draw together; "The fabric shrank"; "The balloon shrank" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  19. make smaller; "The heat contracted the woollen garment" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  20. squeeze or press together; "she compressed her lips"; "the spasm contracted the muscle" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  21. 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
  22. To draw together so as to wrinkle; to knit. Newage Dictionary DB
  23. To bring on; to incur; to acquire; as, to contract a habit; to contract a debt; to contract a disease. Newage Dictionary DB
  24. To enter into, with mutual obligations; to make a bargain or covenant for. Newage Dictionary DB
  25. To shorten by omitting a letter or letters or by reducing two or more vowels or syllables to one. Newage Dictionary DB
  26. 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
  27. To make an agreement; to covenant; to agree; to bargain; as, to contract for carrying the mail. Newage Dictionary DB
  28. Contracted; as, a contract verb. Newage Dictionary DB
  29. Contracted; affianced; betrothed. Newage Dictionary DB
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. The act of formally betrothing a man and woman. Newage Dictionary DB
  33. 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.
  34. A written agreement. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  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. A formal agreement, or the writing containing it. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  38. 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.

Usage examples for contract

  1. Nay, to make it quite plain to you, I may add, if it were only to set your mind at ease with regard to your marriage contract that I am now in a position which leaves me with nothing to wish for- Thanks to me! – Cousin Betty by Honore de Balzac
  2. Now when this is completely done, and all has been fastened and made firm, perhaps some new change of temperature may occur, and the rock begin to contract again. – The Ethics of the Dust by John Ruskin
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