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1    to make or become smaller, narrower, shorter, etc.  
metals contract as the temperature is reduced     
2    when intr, sometimes foll by: for; when tr, may take an infinitive   to enter into an agreement with (a person, company, etc.) to deliver (goods or services) or to do (something) on mutually agreed and binding terms, often in writing  
3    to draw or be drawn together; coalesce or cause to coalesce  
4    tr   to acquire, incur, or become affected by (a disease, liability, debt, etc.)  
5    tr   to shorten (a word or phrase) by the omission of letters or syllables, usually indicated in writing by an apostrophe  
6      (Phonetics)   to unite (two vowels) or (of two vowels) to be united within a word or at a word boundary so that a new long vowel or diphthong is formed  
7    tr   to wrinkle or draw together (the brow or a muscle)  
8    tr   to arrange (a marriage) for; betroth  
9    a formal agreement between two or more parties  
10    a document that states the terms of such an agreement  
11    the branch of law treating of contracts  
12    marriage considered as a formal agreement  
13       See       contract bridge  
14      (Bridge)  
a    (in the bidding sequence before play) the highest bid, which determines trumps and the number of tricks one side must try to make  
b    the number and suit of these tricks  
15    Slang  
a    a criminal agreement to kill a particular person in return for an agreed sum of money  
b    (as modifier)  
a contract killing     
     (C16: from Latin contractus agreement, something drawn up, from contrahere to draw together, from trahere to draw)  
  contractible      adj  
  contractibly      adv  

antenuptial marriage contract  
      n     (S. African)   a contract made between a man and a woman before they marry, agreeing on the distribution of their assets in the event of divorce,   (Sometimes shortened to)    antenuptial  
contract bridge  
      n   the most common variety of bridge, in which the declarer receives points counting towards game and rubber only for tricks he bids as well as makes, any overtricks receiving bonus points  
   Compare       auction bridge  
contract of employment  
      n   a written agreement between an employer and an employee, that, taken together with the rights of each under statute and common law, determines the employment relations between them  
contract out  
      vb   intr, adv     (Brit)   to agree not to participate in something, esp. the state pension scheme  
      n   an implied contract which arises without the express agreement of the parties  
service contract  
      n   a contract between an employer and a senior employee, esp. a director, executive, etc.  
social contract   , compact  
      n   (in the theories of Locke, Hobbes, Rousseau, and others) an agreement, entered into by individuals, that results in the formation of the state or of organized society, the prime motive being the desire for protection, which entails the surrender of some or all personal liberties  
yellow-dog contract  
      n     (U.S)   a contract with an employer, now illegal, in which an employee agreed not to join a trade union during his employment  
     (C20: from US yellow-dog anti-trade union, from yellow dog mongrel, contemptible person)  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  



1    abbreviate, abridge, compress, condense, confine, constrict, curtail, diminish, dwindle, epitomize, knit, lessen, narrow, pucker, purse, reduce, shrink, shrivel, tighten, wither, wrinkle  
2    agree, arrange, bargain, clinch, close, come to terms, commit oneself, covenant, engage, enter into, negotiate, pledge, shake hands, stipulate  
3    acquire, be afflicted with, catch, develop, get, go down with, incur  
4    agreement, arrangement, bargain, bond, commission, commitment, compact, concordat, convention, covenant, deal     (informal)   engagement, pact, settlement, stipulation, treaty, understanding  
1    broaden, develop, distend, enlarge, expand, grow, increase, inflate, multiply, spread, stretch, swell, widen  
2    decline, disagree, refuse, turn down  
3    avert, avoid, escape, ward off  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
addendum to a contract in general that you do not wish for everyone to see
research into the integrity of the counterparty to a proposed contract and in the veracity of his claims
A lawyer is expected to do 'due diligence'. Would be culpable if he failed to do so. The bigger the contract, the more 'due diligence'.
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