a binding agreement between two or more persons that is enforceable by law
(contract bridge) the highest bid becomes the contract setting the number of tricks that the bidder must make
contract, contract bridge(verb)
a variety of bridge in which the bidder receives points toward game only for the number of tricks he bid
enter into a contractual arrangement
set about, sign, take in charge, condense, concentrate, sign up, attempt, abbreviate, constrict, shorten, press, shrink, undertake, foreshorten, cut, guarantee, take on, squeeze, get, compress, reduce, take, abridge, sign on, tackle, narrow, compact
sign, contract, sign on, sign up(verb)
engage by written agreement
"They signed two new pitchers for the next season"
shorten, sign, condense, concentrate, sign up, abbreviate, constrict, narrow, press, reduce, take, undertake, bless, signalize, cut, subscribe, squeeze, get, compress, sign on, foreshorten, ratify, abridge, signalise, signal, shrink, compact
compress, constrict, squeeze, compact, contract, press(verb)
squeeze or press together
"she compressed her lips"; "the spasm contracted the muscle"
fight, adjure, weigh, pressure, crush, narrow, thrust, get, rack, cut, pack together, foreshorten, undertake, hale, press, twitch, pack, gouge, tweet, embrace, bundle, agitate, force, pinch, shove, weight-lift, sign up, sign on, twinge, compress, urge, hug, shrink, concentrate, campaign, sign, abridge, reduce, take, condense, iron, crusade, extort, stuff, urge on, squeeze, beseech, squash, compact, constringe, exhort, wring, mash, coerce, wad, bid, push, bosom, wedge, entreat, shorten, squelch, abbreviate, conjure, constrict, press out, weightlift, iron out
contract, take, get(verb)
be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness
"He got AIDS"; "She came down with pneumonia"; "She took a chill"
sign on, read, dumbfound, occupy, subscribe to, sire, withdraw, mystify, foreshorten, lead, ingest, develop, take aim, carry, bring, assume, stupefy, have, hold, become, choose, sustain, study, learn, fill, receive, necessitate, compress, consume, go, stimulate, start out, pay off, drive, hire, engender, cut, fix, pay back, consider, sign up, rent, suffer, reduce, stick, pick out, set about, bring forth, get down, gravel, incur, draw, catch, deal, adopt, shorten, compact, remove, demand, start, set out, lease, take on, buzz off, beat, constrict, arrest, beget, take up, come, train, bewilder, strike, use up, select, take, scram, squeeze, engage, concentrate, film, make, claim, puzzle, flummox, abbreviate, generate, get hold of, exact, take away, pack, let, experience, condense, amaze, require, call for, take in, produce, vex, find, submit, convey, shrink, capture, shoot, aim, induce, direct, perplex, charter, press, obtain, begin, get, contain, father, mother, get under one's skin, subscribe, narrow, arrive, need, guide, involve, acquire, look at, postulate, abridge, grow, fetch, accept, pose, sign, admit, bugger off, undertake, cause, ask, nonplus, conduct, commence, baffle
become smaller or draw together
"The fabric shrank"; "The balloon shrank"
shorten, sign, condense, concentrate, sign up, abbreviate, shrivel up, constrict, narrow, quail, flinch, funk, take, shrivel, undertake, reduce, cut, cringe, abridge, squeeze, get, compress, sign on, wince, foreshorten, recoil, squinch, wither, press, shrink, compact
"The heat contracted the woollen garment"
condense, concentrate, contract(verb)
compress or concentrate
"Congress condensed the three-year plan into a six-month plan"
digest, narrow, decoct, pore, get, cut, boil down, foreshorten, centre, rivet, press, center, focus, centralise, take, sign on, sign, sign up, distil, compress, shrink, abridge, reduce, condense, concentrate, squeeze, compact, undertake, distill, centralize, shorten, abbreviate, constrict
make or become more narrow or restricted
"The selection was narrowed"; "The road narrowed"
peg down, sign, condense, nail down, sign up, specialize, abbreviate, constrict, narrow, press, shrink, specialise, take, undertake, foreshorten, cut, shorten, constringe, narrow down, specify, squeeze, get, compress, sign on, abridge, concentrate, reduce, pin down, compact
abridge, foreshorten, abbreviate, shorten, cut, contract, reduce(verb)
reduce in scope while retaining essential elements
"The manuscript must be shortened"
sign on, expurgate, skip, foreshorten, ignore, cut off, bowdlerize, bowdlerise, sign, reduce, hack, compress, tailor, quash, disregard, cut back, sign up, turn out, lose weight, slew, rationalise, switch off, castrate, prune, melt off, trim down, scale down, condense, shorten, compact, thin, slim down, geld, rationalize, make out, abridge, constrict, issue, narrow, take, squeeze, bring down, trim, slue, tighten, deoxidise, abbreviate, turn off, keep down, cut, subdue, cut down, dilute, burn, subjugate, get, shrink, edit, edit out, come down, repress, press, write out, thin out, swerve, boil down, snub, slenderize, trend, curve, deoxidize, sheer, concentrate, undertake, veer, decoct, slim, trim back
English Synonyms and Antonyms
All these words involve at least two parties, tho an engagement or promise may be the act of but one. A contract is a formal agreement between two or more parties for the doing or leaving undone some specified act or acts, and is ordinarily in writing. Mutual promises may have the force of a contract. A consideration, or compensation, is essential to convert an agreement into a contract. A contract may be oral or written. A covenant in law is a written contract under seal. Covenant is frequent in religious usage, as contract is in law and business. Compact is essentially the same as contract, but is applied to international agreements, treaties, etc. A bargain is a mutual agreement for an exchange of values, without the formality of a contract. A stipulation is a single item in an agreement or contract. A cartel is a military agreement for the exchange of prisoners or the like.
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How to use contract in a sentence?
We had no idea it would be 11 years. We started out as a six-week contract.
I had to sign a contract saying that I would be the last owner of the vehicle, nATO doesn't want it in just anyone's hands.
This does not merit an arrest warrant for someone as senior as the minister, especially because the contract was legal and based on global prices.
We call it an opioid agreement because it is not a legally binding contract that would be enforceable in a court of law.
It's about compensation and also about a new schedule of plane deliveries, as Boeing obviously can't deliver in line with the contract ... it's a huge challenge for Boeing, and at the same time we also want the best possible outcome for ourselves.
Translations for contract
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- عَقْد, عقدArabic
- kontrakt, müqaviləAzerbaijani
- дагаво́р, кантра́ктBelarusian
- съкращавам се, свивам се, договарям се, хващам, договорBulgarian
- contreure, contracteCatalan, Valencian
- kontrakt, smlouva, nakazit se, zkrátit, uzavřít kontrakt, získat, kontrahovat, podepsat kontrakt, onemocnětCzech
- kontrahieren, Vertrag, zusammenziehenGerman
- contratar, contrato, contraerSpanish
- kontraht, lepingEstonian
- sopimus, vetäytyä, sopimusoikeus, supistua, sairastua, [[tehdä]] [[sopimus]]Finnish
- contrat, contracter, rétracter, recroquevillerFrench
- conradh, conraighIrish
- cùmhnantScottish Gaelic
- התכווץ, נדבק, חוזהHebrew
- herpa, samningurIcelandic
- contratto, contrarre, contrattareItalian
- 契約, 契約する, 契約法学, 収縮する, 罹るJapanese
- კონტრაქტი, ხელშეკრულება, მიახლოებაGeorgian
- sutartis, kontraktasLithuanian
- līgums, kontrakts, sasirgtLatvian
- до́говор, контра́ктMacedonian
- kontrakt, sammentrekke, forminskeNorwegian
- ałgáádeitʼááhNavajo, Navaho
- umowa, kontraktPolish
- contrair, contrair-sePortuguese
- a incheia un contract cu, contractRomanian
- до́гово́р, контра́ктRussian
- уговор, ugovorSerbo-Croatian
- kontrakt, dohoda, zmluvaSlovak
- avtal, smittas, dra ihop, avtala, entreprenad, fördrag, beting, dras samman, minskas, kontrakt, ackord, krympa, överenskommelseSwedish
- kandarasi, kibarua, makandarasiSwahili
- sözleşme, kontratTurkish
- контра́кт, до́говірUkrainian
- hợp đồngVietnamese
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