Contract - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈkɑːntrækt|  American pronunciation of the word contract
Brit.  |ˈkɒntrækt|  British pronunciation of the word contract


- 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 (syn: declaration)
- 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 (syn: undertake)
- engage by written agreement (syn: sign, sign on, sign up)
- squeeze or press together (syn: compact, compress, constrict, press, squeeze)
the spasm contracted the muscle
- be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness (syn: get, take)
- become smaller or draw together (syn: shrink)
- make smaller
The heat contracted the woollen garment
- compress or concentrate (syn: concentrate, condense)
- make or become more narrow or restricted (syn: narrow)
- reduce in scope while retaining essential elements (syn: abbreviate, abridge, cut, foreshorten, reduce, shorten)

Extra examples

The contract requires him to finish work by the end of the year.

I tore up the contract.

Have you signed the contract yet?

She contracted her lips into a frown.

The muscle expands and then contracts.

The hot metal contracted as it cooled.

Society is indeed a contract.

The firm contracted to construct the bridge.

He hopes shortly to contract his expenses.

He felt that he contracted his first college friendship.

The king contracted formidable forces near Sedan.

Read the contract carefully before you sign it.

Tyler has agreed a seven-year contract with a Hollywood studio.

His contract is to be terminated by mutual consent.

What are the legal consequences of breaking a contract?

Word forms

I/you/we/they: contract
he/she/it: contracts
present participle: contracting
past tense: contracted
past participle: contracted
singular: contract
plural: contracts
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