Definition of 'contract'

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Later Lazard found out there was a petrol contract attached to the deal. Robert Wilson THE COMPANY OF STRANGERS (2002)Then, four years ago, Derek was offered a five-year contract in Mexico with a company house thrown in. Val McDermid KICK BACK (2002)No contract entered into under those circumstances would ever stand scrutiny in court. Stuart Harrison BETTER THAN THIS (2002)I found out the mayor's being investigated in the gambling contract, which is why we're getting this heat. Dreyer, Eileen BAD MEDICINE (2002)


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Translations for 'contract'

British English: contract /ˈkɒntrækt/ NOUN
A contract is a legal agreement, usually between two companies or between an employer and employee, which involves doing work for a stated sum of money.
He signed a contract to play for the team for two years.
  • American English: contract
  • Arabic: عَقْد
  • Brazilian Portuguese: contrato
  • Chinese: 合同
  • Croatian: ugovor
  • Czech: smlouva
  • Danish: kontrakt
  • Dutch: contract
  • European Spanish: contrato
  • Finnish: sopimus virallinen
  • French: contrat
  • German: Vertrag
  • Greek: συμβόλαιο
  • Italian: contratto
  • Japanese: 契約
  • Korean: 계약
  • Norwegian: kontrakt
  • Polish: umowa kontrakt
  • European Portuguese: contrato
  • Romanian: contract
  • Russian: контракт
  • Latin American Spanish: contrato
  • Swedish: kontrakt
  • Thai: สัญญา สัญญา
  • Turkish: kontrat
  • Ukrainian: контракт
  • Vietnamese: hợp đồng
British English: contract VERB
shrink When something such as an economy or market contracts, it becomes smaller.
The manufacturing economy contracted in October for the sixth consecutive month.
  • American English: contract
  • Brazilian Portuguese: contrair-se
  • Chinese: 紧缩
  • European Spanish: contraerse
  • French: se contracter
  • German: schrumpfen
  • Italian: ridursi
  • Japanese: 収縮する
  • Korean: 줄어들다
  • European Portuguese: contrair-se
  • Latin American Spanish: contraerse
British English: contract VERB
agree If you contract with someone to do something, you legally agree to do it for them or for them to do it for you.
You can contract with us to deliver your cargo.
  • American English: contract
  • Brazilian Portuguese: contratar
  • Chinese: 订合同
  • European Spanish: contratar
  • French: conclure un contratN
  • German: sich vertraglich verpflichten
  • Italian: stipulare un contratto
  • Japanese: 契約を結ぶ
  • Korean: 계약하다
  • European Portuguese: contratar
  • Latin American Spanish: contratar


Definition of contract from the Collins English Dictionary
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