con|tract1 [ `kan,trækt ] noun count ***
1. ) a written legal agreement between two people or businesses that says what each must do for the other or give to the other:
After six months she was offered an employment contract.
A team led by Raytheon Aircraft Co. has won a contract to build aircraft to train Air Force pilots.
contract with: Our contract with NBC expires next year.
under a contract: Under his contract he is not allowed to work for any other publisher.
be in breach of contract (=have done something the contract says you must not do): The court found that the company was in breach of contract.
be on a contract (=have a contract to work for someone): Are you on a permanent or a fixed-term contract?
be under (a) contract to someone/something (=have obligations as a result of a contract with them): She is still under contract to Microsoft.
be off contract: He is now off contract and free to move on.
subject to contract (=not yet agreed by it): The house has been sold subject to contract.
sign a contract: He has signed a six-year contract with the Denver Broncos.
award someone a contract: The contract for building the hospital has been awarded to a Dutch company.
2. ) INFORMAL an agreement by which you pay someone to kill another person for you:
a contract killer/killing
take out a contract on someone: She was accused of taking out a contract on her own husband.
con|tract 2 [ kən`trækt, `kan,trækt ] verb **
1. ) intransitive or transitive to agree to do something or make someone agree to do something by a formal written agreement:
contract to do something: They had contracted to supply the machinery by June.
be contracted to do something: The firm was contracted to build 25 low-cost homes.
2. ) intransitive if a substance such as metal contracts, it becomes smaller:
The steel contracts as it cools.
a ) if a muscle contracts, it becomes tighter
3. ) transitive MEDICAL to become infected with a disease:
She contracted pneumonia and died.
contract an alliance FORMAL
to agree formally to form a close relationship with another country or organization:
The Labour Party contracted an alliance with the Social Democrats.
contract a marriage
to agree formally to get married to someone:
Her marriage was contracted when she was only five years old.
,contract `out phrasal verb transitive
to give work to another company using a written legal agreement instead of using your own company to do it:
The firm contracts out most of the basic construction work.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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