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Definition of Contract


  1. To draw together or nearer; to reduce to a less compass; to shorten, narrow, or lessen; as, to contract one's sphere of action.
  2. To draw together so as to wrinkle; to knit.
  3. To bring on; to incur; to acquire; as, to contract a habit; to contract a debt; to contract a disease.
  4. To enter into, with mutual obligations; to make a bargain or covenant for.
  5. To betroth; to affiance.
  6. To shorten by omitting a letter or letters or by reducing two or more vowels or syllables to one.
  7. 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.
  8. To make an agreement; to covenant; to agree; to bargain; as, to contract for carrying the mail.
  9. Contracted; as, a contract verb.
  10. Contracted; affianced; betrothed.
  11. 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.
  12. A formal writing which contains the agreement of parties, with the terms and conditions, and which serves as a proof of the obligation.
  13. The act of formally betrothing a man and woman.
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Contract Translations

contract in Afrikaans is kontrak
contract in Dutch is verbintenis, contract
contract in French is contractez, contractent, contrat, contractons
contract in Italian is contratto
contract in Latin is contraho, pactum, pactum
contract in Portuguese is contrato
contract in Spanish is concertar, contrata, contrato
contract in Swedish is kontrakt