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Meaning of "contract" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD CONTRACT

From Latin contractus agreement, something drawn up, from contrahere to draw together, from trahere to draw.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF CONTRACT

contract  [kənˈtrækt] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF CONTRACT

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Contract is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb contract in English.

WHAT DOES CONTRACT MEAN IN ENGLISH?

contract

Contract

In common law legal systems, a contract is an agreement having a lawful object entered into voluntarily by two or more parties, each of whom intends to create one or more legal obligations between them. The elements of a contract are "offer" and "acceptance" by "competent persons" having legal capacity who exchange "consideration" to create "mutuality of obligation." Proof of some or all of these elements may be done in writing, though contracts may be made entirely orally or by conduct. The remedy for breach of contract can be "damages" in the form of compensation of money or specific performance enforced through an injunction. Both of these remedies award the party at loss the "benefit of the bargain" or expectation damages, which are greater than mere reliance damages, as in promissory estoppel. The parties may be natural persons or juristic persons. A contract is a legally enforceable promise or undertaking that something will or will not occur. The word promise can be used as a legal synonym for contract, although care is required as a promise may not have the full standing of a contract, as when it is an agreement without consideration.

Definition of contract in the English dictionary

The first definition of contract in the dictionary is to make or become smaller, narrower, shorter, etc. Other definition of contract is when intr, sometimes foll by for; when tr, may take an infinitive to enter into an agreement with to deliver or to do on mutually agreed and binding terms, often in writing. Contract is also to draw or be drawn together; coalesce or cause to coalesce.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO CONTRACT

PRESENT

Present
I contract
you contract
he/she/it contracts
we contract
you contract
they contract
Present continuous
I am contracting
you are contracting
he/she/it is contracting
we are contracting
you are contracting
they are contracting
Present perfect
I have contracted
you have contracted
he/she/it has contracted
we have contracted
you have contracted
they have contracted
Present perfect continuous
I have been contracting
you have been contracting
he/she/it has been contracting
we have been contracting
you have been contracting
they have been contracting
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I contracted
you contracted
he/she/it contracted
we contracted
you contracted
they contracted
Past continuous
I was contracting
you were contracting
he/she/it was contracting
we were contracting
you were contracting
they were contracting
Past perfect
I had contracted
you had contracted
he/she/it had contracted
we had contracted
you had contracted
they had contracted
Past perfect continuous
I had been contracting
you had been contracting
he/she/it had been contracting
we had been contracting
you had been contracting
they had been contracting
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will contract
you will contract
he/she/it will contract
we will contract
you will contract
they will contract
Future continuous
I will be contracting
you will be contracting
he/she/it will be contracting
we will be contracting
you will be contracting
they will be contracting
Future perfect
I will have contracted
you will have contracted
he/she/it will have contracted
we will have contracted
you will have contracted
they will have contracted
Future perfect continuous
I will have been contracting
you will have been contracting
he/she/it will have been contracting
we will have been contracting
you will have been contracting
they will have been contracting
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would contract
you would contract
he/she/it would contract
we would contract
you would contract
they would contract
Conditional continuous
I would be contracting
you would be contracting
he/she/it would be contracting
we would be contracting
you would be contracting
they would be contracting
Conditional perfect
I would have contract
you would have contract
he/she/it would have contract
we would have contract
you would have contract
they would have contract
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been contracting
you would have been contracting
he/she/it would have been contracting
we would have been contracting
you would have been contracting
they would have been contracting
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you contract
we let´s contract
you contract
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to contract
Past participle
contracted
Present Participle
contracting
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH CONTRACT


abstract
ˈæbstrækt
attract
əˈtrækt
bract
brækt
cataract
ˈkætəˌrækt
cracked
krækt
detract
dɪˈtrækt
distract
dɪˈstrækt
entr´acte
ɒnˈtrækt
extract
ɪkˈstrækt
fluidextract
ˈfluːɪdˈɛkstrækt
half-tracked
ˈhɑːfˌtrækt
precontract
priːˈkɒntrækt
protract
prəˈtrækt
retract
rɪˈtrækt
subcontract
sʌbˈkɒntrækt
subtract
səbˈtrækt
tesseract
ˈtesəˌrækt
tracked
trækt
tract
trækt
untracked
ʌnˈtrækt

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE CONTRACT

contraclockwise
contract bridge
contract killer
contract killing
contract law
contract of employment
contract of service
contract out
contract price
contract work
contractability
contractable
contractedly
contractedness
contractibility
contractible
contractibly
contractile
contractility
contracting party

WORDS THAT END LIKE CONTRACT

alimentary tract
almond extract
breach of contract
digestive tract
fixed cost contract
fixed-price contract
fixed-term contract
forward contract
in the abstract
interact
liver extract
maintenance contract
malt extract
meat extract
pituitary extract
respiratory tract
service contract
social contract
urinary tract
urogenital tract
yeast extract

Synonyms and antonyms of contract in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «CONTRACT»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «contract» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of contract

Translation of «contract» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF CONTRACT

Find out the translation of contract to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of contract from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «contract» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

合同
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

contrato
570 millions of speakers

English

contract
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

अनुबंध
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

عَقْد
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

контракт
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

contrato
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

চুক্তি
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

contrat
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Kontrak
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Vertrag
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

契約
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

계약
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Kontrak
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

hợp đồng
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

ஒப்பந்த
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

करार
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

sözleşme
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

contratto
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

umowa
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

контракт
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

contract
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

συμβόλαιο
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

kontrak
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

kontrakt
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

kontrakt
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of contract

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «CONTRACT»

The term «contract» is very widely used and occupies the 3.596 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «CONTRACT» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «contract» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «contract» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about contract

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10 QUOTES WITH «CONTRACT»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word contract.
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Steve Albini
Make no mistake about it: once a band has signed a letter of intent, they will either eventually sign a contract that suits the label or they will be destroyed.
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Billie Joe Armstrong
When I signed that major-label contract when I was 20 years old. I did it because I wanted to play music for the rest of my life. That's every 20-year-old's dream - to do whatever the hell you want.
3
Tony Bennett
I have a simple life. I mean, you just give me a drum roll, they announce my name, and I come out and sing. In my job I have a contract that says I'm a singer. So I sing.
4
William Bligh
Very good wine was bought at ten pounds per pipe, the contract price; but the superior quality was fifteen pounds; and some of this was not much inferior to the best London Madeira.
5
Tom Brokaw
TV is a fickle business. I'm only good for the length of my contract.
6
Frances Burney
People who live together naturally catch the looks and air of one another and without having one feature alike, they contract a something in the whole countenance which strikes one as a resemblance.
7
Angela Carter
It shone on everyone, whether they had a contract or not. The most democratic thing I'd ever seen, that California sunshine.
8
Tom Coburn
An easily accessible and transparent database of contract information will bring sunshine into the confusing and sometimes shadowy practice of government contracting.
9
Glenn Danzig
Until the contract is signed, nothing is real.
10
Eric Dickerson
In the NFL, you have a short shelf life. As a running back, if you're the first pick, and you're NFL life expectancy is only 3.5-6 years, your first big contract might not come until three years in - well, you might never get there. They need to get those signing bonuses up front because nothing is guaranteed.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «CONTRACT»

Discover the use of contract in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to contract and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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The Law of Contract
This volume provides an advanced analysis of the law of contract for undergraduate courses covering the law of contract and the law of obligations.
Hugh Collins, 2003
2
Living Under Contract: Contract Farming and Agrarian ...
Their case studies, based on long-term field work and analysis on the village and household level, chart the complex effects of contract production on the organization of work and the labor process, rural inequality, gender relations, labor ...
Peter D. Little, Michael Watts, 1994
3
A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting
The focus of this manual is not what provisions to include in a given contract, but instead how to express those provisions in prose that is free ofthe problems that often afflict contracts.
Kenneth A. Adams, 2004
4
The Natural Contract
Meditations on environmental change and the necessity of a pact between Earth and its inhabitants The philosopher's harrowing and joyous task, Serres tells us, is that of comprehending and experiencing the bonds of violence and love that ...
Michel Serres, 1995
5
Textbook on Contract Law
The eleventh edition of this established text provides a wide-ranging and straightforward exposition of contract law.
Jill Poole, 2012
6
Evolution of the Social Contract
In this highly readable book, Brian Skyrms, a recognized authority on game and decision theory, investigates traditional problems of the social contract in terms of evolutionary dynamics.
Brian Skyrms, 1996
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Contract I: Pre-contractual Obligations, Conclusion of ...
The principles include a commentary outlining the Acquis foundations, as well as definitions of core legal terms and a glossary on terminology. Formulated with the Acquis Principles in mind, Contract I is the first of a new series.
Research Group on the Existing EC Private Law, 2007
8
The Social Contract
Rousseau's explosive cry for human liberty helped to spark the French Revolution and has haunted our discussions of how we should rule one another ever since seen as both a blueprint for political terror and as a fundamental statement for ...
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Maurice William Cranston, 2004
9
Contract and Domination
This iconoclastic book throws the gauntlet down to mainstream white male contract theory. It is vital reading for anyone with an interest in political theory and political philosophy, and the systems of male and racial domination.
Carole Pateman, Charles Wade Mills, 2007
10
Contract Law: Text, Cases, and Materials
This is an account of the modern law of contract by a leading authority in the field.
Ewan McKendrick, 2012

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «CONTRACT»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term contract is used in the context of the following news items.
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Bridgend office furniture business wins £2m contract to supply …
Specialist furniture provider bof (previously known as Bridgend Office Furniture) has won a contract worth more than £2m to supply Swansea ... «WalesOnline, Jul 15»
2
Rangers will weigh up contract offers for Reece Wabara and Andy …
Rangers will weigh up contract offers to Reece Wabara and Andy Halliday after seeing them feature in a closed-doors game against Tottenham ... «Daily Mail, Jul 15»
3
Arsenal transfer news: Mikel Arteta signs new Gunners contract to …
Mikel Arteta will remain an Arsenal player next season after agreeing a new one-year contract to end the uncertainty surrounding his future at ... «The Independent, Jul 15»
4
Liverpool transfer news: Alexandre Lacazette 'ready to join Liverpool …
Liverpool are ready to sign Alexandre Lacazette after the striker saw talks over a new contract with Lyon collapse, according to reports. «Metro, Jul 15»
5
Contract to build new Sheffield college awarded
The £9.3 million contract to build the second University Technical College in Sheffield has been awarded. BAM Construction is to build the ... «The Star, Jul 15»
6
Arsenal to offer in-demand star bumper new contract… then loan …
The England under-21 man still has three years remaining on his current contract, but in order to fend off permanent interest in the former ... «London24, Jul 15»
7
Louis Anderson: Catalans Dragons back-rower extends contract
New Zealand back-rower Louis Anderson has signed a new two-year contract with Super League side Catalans Dragons. Anderson, 30, joined ... «BBC Sport, Jul 15»
8
Harry Shearer returns to The Simpsons after a contract dispute
Harry Shearer, who voices dozens of Simpsons characters including Mr Burns, has returned to the show following a contract dispute. The actor ... «The Independent, Jul 15»
9
Former Argyle midfielder Ollie Norburn chasing contract at Inverness
MIDFIELDER Ollie Norburn is on trial with Scottish Premiership club Inverness Caledonian Thistle after his exit from Plymouth Argyle. «Plymouth Herald, Jul 15»
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Asamoah Gyan nets £227000-a-week contract to become one of …
Former Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan is set to become one of the highest paid players in world football. The 29-year-old Ghanaian, who ... «Mirror.co.uk, Jul 15»

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