Definition Of contract


a written or spoken agreement, especially one concerning employment, sales, or tenancy, that is intended to be enforceable by law.

both parties must sign employment contracts

become liable to pay (a debt).

he contracted a debt of $3,300

catch or develop (a disease or infectious agent).

three people contracted a killer virus

decrease in size, number, or range.

glass contracts as it cools

enter into a formal and legally binding agreement.

the local authority will contract with a wide range of agencies to provide services

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Example Of contract

  • a contract of employment

  • a buyer may contract for the right to withhold payment

  • After a contract on the bid is made, the declarer decides whether to set the rank for that hand high or low.

  • Because wood absorbs moisture, it will expand and contract with changes in the weather and humidity.

  • Between meals, a mammal's intestinal muscles normally contract rhythmically to sweep out bacteria and waste.

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