(of a muscle) Become shorter or tighter in order to effect movement of part of the body
the heart is a muscle that contracts about seventy times a minute
then contract your lower abdominal muscles
Shorten (a word or phrase) by combination or elision
“quasistellar objects” was soon contracted to “quasar.”
Enter into a formal and legally binding agreement
the local authority will contract with a wide range of agencies to provide services
Secure specified rights or undertake specified obligations in a formal and legally binding agreement
a buyer may contract for the right to withhold payment
the paper had contracted to publish extracts from the diaries
Impose an obligation on (someone) to do something by means of a formal agreement
health authorities contract a hospital to treat a specific number of patients
Arrange for work to be done by another organization
local authorities will have to contract out waste management
Formally enter into (a marriage)
before Fanny met him, he had contracted a disastrous liaison and marriage
Enter into (a friendship or other relationship)
the patterns of social relationships contracted by men and women differ
Catch or develop (a disease or infectious agent)
three people contracted a killer virus
Become liable to pay (a debt)
he contracted a debt of $3,300
A written or spoken agreement, esp. one concerning employment, sales, or tenancy, that is intended to be enforceable by law
both parties must sign employment contracts
a network of doctors and hospitals under contract to provide services
The branch of law concerned with the making and observation of such agreements
An arrangement for someone to be killed by a hired assassin
smuggling bosses routinely put out contracts on witnesses
The declarer's undertaking to win the number of tricks bid with a stated suit as trump
South can make the contract with correct play
A formal agreement to marry
a binding agreement between two or more persons that is enforceable by law
enter into a contractual arrangement
(contract bridge) the highest bid becomes the contract setting the number of tricks that the bidder must make
sign: engage by written agreement; "They signed two new pitchers for the next season"
a variety of bridge in which the bidder receives points toward game only for the number of tricks he bid
compress: squeeze or press together; "she compressed her lips"; "the spasm contracted the muscle"
In law, a contract is a legally binding agreement between two or more parties which, if it contains the elements of a valid legal agreement, is enforceable by law or by binding arbitration. A legally enforceable contract is an exchange of promises with specific legal remedies for breach. ...
Contract (2008) is a Hindi film by Ram Gopal Verma, where the story revolves around an ex-commando man, Aman, whose wife and daughter are killed in a terrorist attack. ...
Contract (Контракт) is a 1985 Soviet/Russian animation based on the short science fiction story Company Store (1958) by Robert Silverberg and directed by Vladimir Tarasov. The song I Can't Give You Anything but Love, Baby is used in the animation.
In BDSM, a contract is an agreement, usually written, between the dominant and submissive in a 24/7 or Total Power Exchange (TPE) relationship. It is the formal act of consent to the power exchange.
In the Conflict of Laws, the validity of a contract with one or more foreign law elements will be decided by reference to the so-called "proper law" of the contract.
Chick tracts are short evangelical-themed tracts created by American publisher Jack Chick. Chick tracts are styled as comics and are often controversial for their enthusiastic endorsement of fundamentalist Christianity and condemnation of ecumenical, liberal, and prosperity Christians, the Roman ...
(contracted) Arranged by contract; established by agreement; Made smaller by contraction; Incurred; acquired
(contracting) That is getting smaller
(contractor) A person who executes the building or improving of buildings; A person or company that performs specific tasks like electrical or plumbing work in construction projects; A person or company hired to maintain existing facilities like air conditioning systems, groundskeeping, etc
(CONTRACTED) betrothed, and in Scotland legally equivalent to marriage; consent being legally enough, and the public ceremony of marriage being introduced in order to make so important a contract known, though not essential to it ; see Stair.
(Contracted) narrowed or shortened
(Contracting) A term that refers to the width of a stem or point that is diminishing in outline.
(Contracting) The business of setting correct boundaries before a coaching session.
(Contracting) Usually involves direct payments from a third party, the purchaser of health care, to
Contracting is a financing and- business model for the energy services on buildings and immovable properties. It is based on the transformation of energy service duties from the user or owner of the immovable property to another competent person called contractor. ...
Contracting is the process of establishing proper expectations between key players such as sponsors and change agents/practitioners.
(Contractor) A private person or entity that performs a service for or provides a good to a federal agency in accordance with a contract.
(Contractor) A gambler who never gets to shuffle, cut or deal.
(Contractor) Person who has a contract to do all or any part of a logging job (19).