Meaning of 'contract'

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Meaning of ‘contract’

12 definitions found.



a variety of the card game bridge in which the bidder receives points only for the number of tricks that have been bid

Example: "I enjoy a game of contract every now and again."

Synonyms: contract bridge


a binding agreement between two or more persons that is enforceable by law

Example: "The contract clearly states that you cannot work for a competitor."


in bridge, the highest bid, which sets the number of tricks that the bidder must make

Example: "The game was challenging with such a high contract."

Synonyms: declaration


to be stricken by or fall victim to an illness

Example: "Many individuals contracted the plague in London in 1665."

Synonyms: get take


to become smaller or draw together

Example: "My pupils contracted because of the extreme brightness."

Synonyms: shrink


to reduce in scope while retaining essential elements

Example: "I contracted the document so only the bare bones were there."

Synonyms: cut reduce shorten abridge abbreviate foreshorten


to make or become more narrow or restricted

Synonyms: narrow


to enter into a contractual arrangement

Synonyms: undertake


to make smaller

Example: "The heat contracted the woollen garment."

Synonyms: decrease


to squeeze or press together

Synonyms: press


to engage by written agreement

Synonyms: sign sign up sign on


an order to kill someone, usually for money

Example: "The mob boss put out a contract on the snitch."

Source: WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University

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