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Definition of "contract" []

  • An agreement between two or more parties, especially one that is written and enforceable by law. See Synonyms at bargain. (noun)
  • The writing or document containing such an agreement. (noun)
  • The branch of law dealing with formal agreements between parties. (noun)
  • Marriage as a formal agreement; betrothal. (noun)
  • Games The last and highest bid of a suit in one hand in bridge. (noun)
  • To make or become smaller, narrower, shorter, etc (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To enter into an agreement with (a person, company, etc) to deliver (goods or services) or to do (something) on mutually agreed and binding terms, often in writing (verb)
  • To draw or be drawn together; coalesce or cause to coalesce (verb)
  • To acquire, incur, or become affected by (a disease, liability, debt, etc) (verb)
  • To shorten (a word or phrase) by the omission of letters or syllables, usually indicated in writing by an apostrophe (verb)
  • To unite (two vowels) or (of two vowels) to be united within a word or at a word boundary so that a new long vowel or diphthong is formed (verb)
  • To wrinkle or draw together (the brow or a muscle) (verb)
  • To arrange (a marriage) for; betroth (verb)
  • A formal agreement between two or more parties (noun)
  • A document that states the terms of such an agreement (noun)
  • The branch of law treating of contracts (noun)
  • Marriage considered as a formal agreement (noun)
  • (in the bidding sequence before play) the highest bid, which determines trumps and the number of tricks one side must try to make (noun)
  • The number and suit of these tricks (noun)
  • A criminal agreement to kill a particular person in return for an agreed sum of money (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)

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Use "contract" in a sentence
  • "To see why, we first need to distinguish between actual, flesh-and-blood arrangements, in the law or in society more generally, that we call ˜contracts™, and the theoretical apparatus that contract theorists use to ground moral principles, which is also called (more metaphorically) a ˜contract™."
  • "Your Committee can not regard marriage as a _mere contract_, but as something above and beyond; something more binding than records, more solemn than specialties; and the person who reasons as to the relations of husband and wife as upon an ordinary contract, in their opinion commits a fatal error at the outset; and your Committee can not recommend any action based on such a theory."
  • "[Sidenote: All ages have the same interest in preservation of the contract, and the same Constitution.] "The nature of such an _original contract_ of government proves that there is not only a power in the people, who have _inherited its freedom_, to assert their own title to it, but they are bound in duty to transmit the _same_ Constitution to their posterity also.""