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  Definition of contract
  1. a variety of bridge in which the bidder receives points toward game only for the number of tricks he bid
  2. a binding agreement between two or more persons that is enforceable by law
  3. (contract bridge) the highest bid becomes the contract setting the number of tricks that the bidder must make
  4. be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness; "He got AIDS"; "She came down with pneumonia"; "She took a chill"
  5. become smaller or draw together; "The fabric shrank"; "The balloon shrank"
  6. reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The manuscript must be shortened"
  7. make or become more narrow or restricted; "The selection was narrowed"; "The road narrowed"
  8. compress or concentrate; "Congress condensed the three-year plan into a six-month plan"
  9. enter into a contractual arrangement
  10. make smaller; "The heat contracted the woollen garment"
  11. squeeze or press together; "she compressed her lips"; "the spasm contracted the muscle"
  12. engage by written agreement; "They signed two new pitchers for the next season"
Similar Words: contract bridge, declaration, take, get, shrink, abridge, foreshorten, abbreviate, shorten, cut, reduce, narrow, condense, concentrate, undertake, compress, constrict, squeeze, compact, press, sign, sign on, sign up

 

See Also: pin down, narrow down, specialize, specialise, narrow

 

Hyponyms: adhesion contract, contract of adhesion, aleatory contract, bilateral contract, charter, conditional contract, cost-plus contract, gambling contract, lease, marriage contract, marriage settlement, output contract, policy, insurance policy, insurance, purchase contract, purchase agreement, quasi contract, requirements contract, sealed instrument, contract under seal, special contract, service contract, severable contract, subcontract, partnership, articles of agreement, shipping articles, concession, grant, labor contract, labor agreement, collective agreement, employment contract, employment agreement, distribution agreement, licensing agreement, merger agreement, acquisition agreement, sale in gross, contract of hazard, indenture, catch, flex, bowdlerize, bowdlerise, expurgate, castrate, shorten, digest, condense, concentrate, bottleneck, taper off, stipulate, sign, qualify, condition, specify, rent, hire, purse, wrinkle, choke, strangle, prim, astringe, strangulate, convulse, bear down, overbear, gag, fret, scrag, contract out

 

Grouped Verbs: catch, edit, cut, edit out, condense

 

Part Meronyms: bridge

 

Derivational Morphology: sign, sign on, sign up, undertake, declare, catching, contracting, contraction, shrinking, shrinkage, shortener, abridger, abbreviator, condensation, abridgement, abridgment, capsule, narrow, narrowing, concentration, compression, contractor, press, pressure, pressing, muscular contraction, muscle contraction, contracture, contractile organ, constriction, constrictor, compressing, compressor, signer, signatory

 

Language Translations:
Finnish: sopimus   French: contrat  
German: Vertrag   Hebrew: חוזה  
Hungarian: szerződés   Italian: contratto  
Norwegian: kontrakt   Portuguese: contracto  
Russian: контракт   Slovene: pogodba  
Spanish: contrato   Swedish: avtal  
 
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