contract

contract
con|tract1 W1S2 [ˈkɔntrækt US ˈka:n-] n
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: Latin contractus; CONTRACT2]
1.) an official agreement between two or more people, stating what each will do
Read the contract carefully before you sign it.
contract with/between
Tyler has agreed a seven-year contract with a Hollywood studio.
a three-year contract to provide pay telephones at local restaurants
His contract is to be terminated by mutual consent.
What are the legal consequences of breaking a contract ?
The contract was awarded to builders John Worman Ltd.
Mr Venables informed me the club would not be renewing my contract .
The firm operates schools under contract to state education authorities.
Employees who refuse to relocate are in breach of contract .
2.) subject to contract
if an agreement is subject to contract, it has not yet been agreed formally by a contract
3.) informal an agreement to kill a person for money
They put a contract out on him and he's in hiding.
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COLLOCATES for sense 1
enter into/make a contract (with somebody)
sign a contract (with somebody)
agree a contract
a contract to do something
end/terminate a contract (with somebody)
break a contract (with somebody) (=do something that is not allowed by your contract)
win/be awarded a contract (=gain a contract to do work for someone)
renew somebody's contract (=make a new contract with someone)
fulfil British English
/fulfill American English
a contract (=do what you have agreed to do)
on a contract/under contract (=working for someone with whom you have a contract)
the terms of a contract
one-/two-/ten- etc year contract
be in breach of contract (=having done something not allowed by your contract)
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contract 2
con|tract2 [kənˈtrækt] v
[Date: 1500-1600; : Latin; Origin: contractus, past participle of contrahere 'to pull together, make a contract, make smaller', from com- ( COM-) + trahere 'to pull']
1.)
to become smaller or narrower
≠ ↑expand
Metal contracts as it cools.
The economy has contracted by 2.5%.
2.) [T] [i]formal
to get an illness
Two-thirds of the adult population there has contracted AIDS.
3.) [I and T]
to sign a contract in which you agree formally that you will do something or someone will do something for you
contract (sb) to do sth
They are contracted to work 35 hours a week.
the company that had been contracted to build the models
contract (with) sb for sth
Doctors control their budgets and contract with hospitals for services.
contract a marriage/alliance etc
(=agree to marry someone, form a relationship with them etc)
Most of the marriages were contracted when the brides were very young.
contract 3
contract3 [ˈkɔntrækt US ˈka:n-]
contract in phr v
1.) contract sb/sth<=>in
to arrange for a person or company outside your own organization to come in and do a particular job
We contract in cleaning services.
2.) formal to agree officially to take part in something
The rules require all members to contract in.
contract out phr v
1.) contract sth<=>out
to arrange to have a job done by a person or company outside your own organization
contract something<=>out to
The company has contracted the catering out to an outside firm.
2.) BrE to agree officially not to take part in something such as a ↑pension plan

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