Definition of contra
1. contract [ n ] a binding agreement between two or more persons that is enforceable by lawUsed in print:
(The Sun, [Baltimore],...)
The big , 22 - year old shortstop , the 1960 American_league `` rookie of the year '' , flew here late this afternoon from Baltimore , signed his contract for an estimated $ 15000 and was a spectator at tonight 's 5 - to 3 loss to Kansas_City - the winless Birds ' sixth setback in_a_row .
(The New York Times,...)
Skorich received a three year contract at a salary believed to be between $ 20000 and $ 25000 a year .
(Handbook of Federal Aids to Communities. U.S. Dep...)
These problems frequently arise where a firm is making items for the Government not directly along the lines of its normal civilian business or where the Government specifications require operations that the firm did not understand when it undertook the contract .
These services include procurement and technical assistance and notice of surplus sales and invitations to bid on Government contracts for products and services within the registrants ' field_of_operations .
A 5 - percent royalty is paid on any production during the period the contract is in_effect ; if the Government certifies that production may be possible from the property , the royalty obligation continues for the 10 - year period usually specified in the contract or until the Government 's contribution is repaid with interest .Synonyms contract Related Terms written_agreement policy marriage_contract concession lease indenture sale_in_gross merger_agreement bilateral_contract severable_contract conditional_contract aleatory_contract cost-plus_contract gambling_contract output_contract quasi_contract purchase_contract charter requirements_contract sealed_instrument service_contract labor_contract subcontract partnership articles_of_agreement licensing_agreement distribution_agreement employment_contract adhesion_contract fine_print boilerplate reserve_clause arbitration_clause loophole handshake terminated subscribed unbroken broken renegociate sign
2. contract [ v ] enter into a contractual arrangementUsed in print:
(Handbook of Federal Aids to Communities. U.S. Dep...)
The Government will contract with an eligible applicant to pay up_to one-half of the cost of approved exploration work as it progresses .Synonyms contract undertake Related Terms promise sign stipulate rent rent covenant stipulate
3. contract [ v ] engage by written agreement
Examples: "They signed two new pitchers for the next season"
(John Harnsberger and Robert P. Wilkins,...)
Hercules_L._Dousman , fur trader and merchant at Prairie_du_Chien , contracted to supply Selkirk 's people with some 300 head of cattle , and Alexis_Bailly and Francois_Labothe were hired as drovers .
(Statements 87th Congress, 1st Session. Appropriations,...)
All research within the United_States contracted for , sponsored , cosponsored , or authorized under authority of_this Act , shall be provided for in such manner that all information , uses , products , processes , patents , and other developments resulting from such research developed by Government expenditure will ( with such exceptions and limitations , if any , as the Secretary may find to be necessary in the interest of national defense ) be available to the general public .Synonyms contract sign_up sign sign_on fee Related Terms hire contract_out
4. contract [ v ] be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness
Examples: "He got AIDS" "She came down with pneumonia" "She took a chill"
(Jack Kaplan, "The Health Machine Menace: Therapy by...)
Moreover , her husband and child contracted T.B. from her .
(Leo Lemon, "Catch Up With" and "Something to...)
Max , in a fit of despair , takes Alicia and runs_off for two marvelous weeks in Burbank ( Fink calls it `` the most wonderful and lovely fourteen days in my whole life '' ) , at the end of which Alicia tragically contracts Parkinson's_disease and dies .Synonyms get contract take Related Terms sicken catch catch
5. contract [ n ] (bridge) the highest bid becomes the contract setting the number of tricks that the bidder must makeUsed in print:
(The Atlanta Constitution...)
The bond issue will go to the state courts for a friendly test_suit to test the validity of the act , and_then the sales will begin and contracts let for repair work on some of Georgia 's most heavily traveled highways .
(The Dallas Morning News,...)
Cox argued that the bill is `` probably unconstitutional '' since , he said , it would impair contracts .Synonyms contract declaration Related Terms bid bridge
6. contract [ v ] squeeze or press together
Examples: "she compressed her lips" "the spasm contracted the muscle"
That_is , when first penetration takes_place , the pressure and pain signals may involuntarily cause all the vaginal muscles to contract in an effort to bar the intrusion and prevent further pain .
She learns how to relax them to accept - instead of contracting them to repel the entering object .Synonyms press contract compress constrict compact squeeze Related Terms tighten choke choke choke prim convulse strangulate convulse astringe bear_down press contractile_organ compression contracture constriction compressor compression
7. contract [ v ] become smaller or draw together
Examples: "The fabric shrank" "The balloon shrank"
(The Wall Street Journal,...)
Dr._Bonnor supports the idea that the universe both expands and contracts , that in several billion years the expansion will slow_up and reverse itself and that the contraction will set_in .Synonyms contract shrink Related Terms expand stretch decrease flex contraction
8. contract [ v ] make smaller
Examples: "The garment contracted in the dryer" "The heat contracted the woollen garment"
9. contract [ v ] compress or concentrate
Examples: "Congress condensed the three-year plan into a six-month plan"
10. contract [ v ] make or become more narrow or restricted
Examples: "The selection was narrowed" "The road narrowed"
11. contract [ v ] reduce in scope while retaining essential elements
Examples: "The manuscript must be shortened"
12. contract [ n ] a variety of bridge in which the bidder receives points toward game only for the number of tricks he bidSynonyms contract_bridge contract Related Terms bridge