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Contract appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • To get an oil opt, cart no cross, or contract polio Nate got.
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Usage statistics for the noun contract:

spoken English33.47%written English66.53% conversational speech20.53%task-oriented speech79.47% imaginative writing10.92%informational writing89.08%
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The word contract and its family (contracted, contracting, contractor, contractors, contracts) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun contract

What does contract mean as a name of something?

Contract is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 1000 most common nouns in informational written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: contracts

  1. a binding agreement between two or more persons that is enforceable by law
  2. (contract bridge) the highest bid becomes the contract setting the number of tricks that the bidder must make
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of contract: declaration
    • more generic words: bid / bidding = the number of tricks a bridge player is willing to contract to make
    • part of: bridge = any of various card games based on whist for four players
  3. a variety of bridge in which the bidder receives points toward game only for the number of tricks he bid
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of contract: contract bridge
    • more generic word: bridge = any of various card games based on whist for four players
    • more specific word: no-trump = a version of contract bridge in which no suit is designated as trump for the duration of the hand

Alternative definition of the noun contract


  1. An agreement between two or more parties, to perform a specific job or work order, often temporary or of fixed duration and usually governed by a written agreement.
  2. [legal] An agreement which the law will enforce in some way. A legally binding contract must contain at least one promise, i.e., a commitment or offer, by an offeror to and accepted by an offeree to do something in the future. A contract is thus executory rather than executed.
  3. [legal] A part of legal studies dealing with laws and jurisdiction related to contracts.
  4. [informal] An order, usually given to a hired assassin, to kill someone.

Specialised definition of the noun contract

Glossary of sports

a formal or legally binding agreement, e.g. one setting out terms of employment (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb contract

What does contract mean as a doing word?

Contract is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: contracted | contracting | contracts

  1. enter into a contractual arrangement
    • example: They contract to move
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of contract: undertake
    • more generic words: assure / promise = make a promise or commitment
    • more specific words:
      • stipulate = make an oral contract or agreement in the verbal form of question and answer that is necessary to give it legal force
      • sign = be engaged by a written agreement
      • condition / stipulate / qualify / specify = specify as a condition or requirement in a contract or agreement
      • lease / rent = let for money
      • charter / lease / hire / rent = hold under a lease or rental agreement
  2. engage by written agreement
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]I hired two secretaries
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] as [Predicate, not sentential clause]I hired two secretaries as helpers

      Verbs of Change of Possession (with the same syntax): employ, engage, enlist, hire, recruit, reinstate, sign, sign on, sign up, subcontract, take, train.

    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of contract: sign / sign on / sign up
    • more generic words: employ / engage / hire = engage or hire for work
    • more specific term: contract out = assign a job to someone outside one's own business
  3. squeeze or press together
  4. be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness
  5. become smaller or draw together
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 3
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of contract: shrink
    • antonym of contract: expand
    • more generic words: decrease / diminish / fall / lessen = decrease in size, extent, or range
    • more specific word: flex = contract
  6. make smaller
    • example: The heat contracted the woollen garment
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 3
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: reduce / shrink = reduce in size
    • more specific words: wrinkle / purse = gather or contract into wrinkles or folds
  7. compress or concentrate
  8. make or become more narrow or restricted
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of contract: narrow
    • more generic word: change = undergo a change; become different in essence
    • more specific terms:
  9. reduce in scope while retaining essential elements

Alternative definition of the verb contract


  1. [transitive] To enter into a contract with.
  2. [transitive] To gain or acquire (an illness).
  3. [intransitive] To draw together or nearer; to shorten, narrow, or lessen.

Specialised definition of the verb contract

Glossary of sports

to become smaller and tighter, or make a muscle or part of the body smaller and tighter (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

to make a formal or legally binding agreement with someone to do something (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)


Contract a.k.a. Air Contractors Limited is a freight and passenger airline. It operates scheduled freight services throughout Europe on behalf of major integrators such as FedEx Feeder and DHL Express; and operates unscheduled passenger air charter flights. ASL Aviation Group Limited, the parent company of Air Contractors, has its head office at No.3 Malahide Road, Swords, County Dublin, Ireland.


"Contract" is a book by Jasmine Cresswell.

  • genres: Fiction, Romance novel


  1. "Contract" is a Hindi film by Ram Gopal Varma, where the story revolves around an ex-commando man, Aman, whose wife and daughter are killed in a terrorist attack. A top undercover cop then approaches Aman to collaborate with him to hunt the mastermind of these terrorist attacks Sultan, who is planning another big attack on the city of Mumbai. With meticulous planning, Aman infiltrates the underworld gangs to reach Sultan, the chief mentor.
  2. "Contract" is a 1985 Soviet/Russian animation based on the short science fiction story Company Store by Robert Silverberg and directed by Vladimir Tarasov. The song I Can't Give You Anything but Love, Baby is used in the animation.
    • countries: Soviet Union, Russia
    • language: Russian Language
    • based on "Company Store" by Robert Silverberg
    • genres: Animation, Science Fiction
    • subject: Mercantilism
    • released in (31 years ago)
  3. "Contract" is a 2012 Ghanaian film produced by Yvonne Okoro and directed by Shirley Frimpong-Manso, starring Hlomla Dandala, Joseph Benjamin and Yvonne Okoro. It received six nominations at the 9th Africa Movie Academy Awards including: Best Director, Achievement In Screenplay, Best Actor In A Leading Role and Best Actress In A Leading Role.
  4. "Contract" is a 2010 short, drama film written and directed by Mel Rodriguez.
  5. "Contract" is a film, directed by Bud Lee.
    • starring: Pat Myne as Sin City
    • genre: Pornographic film


  1. "Contract" is a composition.
  2. "Contract" is a musical single of Rupesh Cartel.
    • released in (10 years ago)
  3. "Contract" is the soundtrack album of the 2008 film.
    • also known as Contract soundtrack
    • genre: Soundtrack
  4. "Contract" is a composition.


  1. CONTRACT is a cataloged instance, musical recording, canonical version.
  2. Contract: In BDSM, a contract is an agreement, usually written, between the dominant and submissive in a 24/7 or Total Power Exchange relationship. It is the formal act of consent to the power exchange.
  3. Contract a.k.a. Conflict of contract laws: 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.
  4. Contract: A binding agreement between two or more persons or legal entities that is enforceable by law.

Phrases with Contract

Phrases starting with the word Contract:

  1. contract in
  2. contract law
  3. contract out
  4. contract offer
  5. contract bridge
  6. Contract Killer
  7. contract killing
  8. Contract of sale

Phrases ending with the word Contract:

  1. oral contract
  2. Will contract
  3. labor contract
  4. Prime Contract
  5. quasi contract
  6. Quasi-contract
  7. output contract
  8. social contract
  9. Deposit Contract
  10. futures contract
  11. service contract
  12. special contract

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Contract

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Google previewCalifornia Property Law for Paralegals (2015)

by D. Patrick O'Laughlin

A bilateral contract is an exchange of promises.

Google previewMacRoberts on Scottish Construction Contracts (2014)

by MacRoberts

the main contract is the SBC and the sub-contractor has no design responsibilities; • Standard Building Sub-Contract with...

Google previewLaw of contract (1912)

by W.T. Brantly

A contract is the agree. ment of two or more persons by which an obligationis created between them.

Google previewIslamic Banking Regulation and Supervision: Survey Results and Challenges (2014)

by Mr. Inwon Song, Carel Oosthuizen

contract refers to an agreement whereby the IB sells to a customer, at acquisition cost plus an agreed profit margin, a specified kind of asset that is already in its ...

Google previewInsurance and Issues in Financial Soundness (2003)

by Mr. Udaibir S. Das, Richard Podpiera, Nigel Davies

A typical proportional reinsurance contract is a quota share under which the reinsured cedes a specified percentage...

Google previewConceptual Modeling - ER 2001 (2001)

20th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling, Yokohama, Japan, November 27-30, 2001, Proceedings by Hideko S. Kunii, Sushil Jajodia, Arne Soelvberg

A contract is an agreement between two or more parties to create business relations or legal obligations between them. A contract will...

Google previewJournal of the House of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky... (1823)

A contract is an agreement, in which a party undertakes to do, or not to do, a particular thing.

Google previewRegulation and Supervision of Islamic Banks (2014)

by Aledjandro Lopez Mejia, Suliman Aljabrin, Rachid Awad, Mr. Mohamed Norat, Mr. Inwon Song

contract refers to an agreement whereby the IB sells to a customer, at acquisition cost plus an agreed profit margin, a specified kind of asset that is already in its ...

Google previewCurrent Security Management & Ethical Issues of Information Technology (2003)

by Rasool Azari

A social contract is an assumption that is needed to get things started. A social contract is usually implicit for any...

The social contract is a tacit affair and constitutes the foundations of communal association. Copyright © 2003, Idea Group Inc.

Google previewThe Economics of Financial Markets (2005)

by Roy E. Bailey

Contract specifications The defining characteristic of short-term interest rate futures is that the asset stipulated in the contract is a security with a short time period - say. three or six months - to maturity ...

Google previewLexicon of Trust & Foundation Practice (2016)

by John Goldsworth

Contract: An agreement to do or abstain from doing some ...

Google previewThe Official Supply Chain Dictionary (2013)

8000 Researched Definitions for Industry Best-Practice Globally by SCHUB International

hire for one or a limited number of shippers under a specific contract.

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Technical Analysis (2000)

by Joel G. Siegel

The contract specifies the item, price, expiration date and a standardized unit to be traded (e.g., 10,000 pounds). In looking at the change in commodity prices for a particular period, consideration should be given to the total number of contracts ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the Enlightenment (2005)

by Harvey Chisick

SOCIAL CONTRACT. A theory designed to account for the origin and legitimacy of civil and political society. With its emphasis on consent as the basis of political association it tends toward liberalism, but it has also been made ...

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Usage statistics about contract

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun contract:

spoken English33.47%written English66.53% conversational speech20.53%task-oriented speech79.47% imaginative writing10.92%informational writing89.08%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun contract:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb contract:


Comparison of usage frequency between the verb contract and its most common antonym:


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Quotes about Contract

A good businessman never makes a contract unless he's sure he can carry it through, yet every fool on earth is perfectly willing to sign a marriage contract without considering whether he can live up to it or not. (Dalton Trumbo)
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Scrabble value of C3O1N1T1R1A1C3T1

The value of this 8-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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